Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosed & Treated in Baltimore

Urology at Mercy - Baltimore

The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore covers a broad range of urologic disorders including bladder, prostate and kidney diseases and cancers. Our urologists specialize in many men’s health issues including erectile dysfunction.

About the Condition

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to either achieve a penile erection or keep one. Most older men (over 60) experience erectile dysfunction now and then. Prolonged impotence, however, should be reported to a doctor. This condition can be a side effect of medication, chronic illness, or lifestyle issues like overindulgent drinking or exhaustion. 

Men with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease are at most risk for developing ED. Smoking is another cause of ED. Sometimes the causes of ED are not physical but emotional.  Stress, tension and emotional distraction can impact male erections.  A trained counselor can help identify and address psychological strains.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

The signature symptom of erectile dysfunction is the inability to have and keep an erection during sexual intercourse. ED indicates that blood supply to the penis is inhibited.

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Treatment Options

Initial treatment options for erectile dysfunction are often lifestyle changes including:

  • Reduction in alcohol consumption
  • Stop smoking
  • Stress reduction
  • Regular exercise and a healthier diet
  • Weight loss
  • Prescription medication review

Additional treatment options include:

  • Prescription medicine
  • Devices to aid erection
  • Vascular surgery
  • Implants
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