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What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the persistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough or lasts long enough to complete sexual intercourse. It is estimated that ED affects about 1 in 10 men at some point in their life. In most cases, ED is caused by an underlying medical condition that affects the flow of blood through the body including:

  • Diabetes
  • Vascular diseases that restrict blood flow including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension, and high cholesterol
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke or spinal cord injury
  • Surgery (such as radical prostatectomy) or trauma to the penis
  • Low testosterone

Typical symptoms of ED include:

  • Erections that are too soft for penetration
  • Erections that do not last long enough for penetration
  • The total inability to achieve and/or maintain a spontaneous erection

Any man experiencing symptoms of ED should be examined by a physician to determine the causes and to identify any underlying medical condition that requires treatment.

Personal Care for One of Life’s Most Personal Issues

“The ED specialists at Chesapeake Urology understand that erectile dysfunction is a private and emotional condition that affects you physically as well as psychologically. From our highly-trained urologists to our caring support staff, we appreciate your need for compassion as well as discretion. When you turn to us for your care, you can expect to be treated with dignity and respect.”

– Dr. Marc Siegelbaum, Director, Erectile Dysfunction Program, Chesapeake Urology