Medication and More: Options for Treating Erectile Dysfunction

December 4, 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects about one half of American men over age 40 at some point in their lives.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) describes the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual function. This condition affects about one half of American men over age 40 at some point in their lives. Factors that contribute to a higher risk of ED include age, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Most men respond to non-surgical treatments, such as oral medications or self-injection therapy. If these treatments don’t work, surgery may provide another option.

Dr. Michael O’Leary, director of the Men’s Sexual Health Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, focuses primarily on men who are dealing with ED and offers a variety of treatments based on each patient’s specific needs. In this video, Dr. O’Leary explains the causes of ED and how it can be effectively treated.

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