Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine

Urologist located in Millburn, NJ

You might think erectile dysfunction (ED) only affects a small minority of men, but about 50% of all men in the United States between the ages of 40 and 70 have a degree of ED. Stuart Shoengold, MD, at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine in Millburn, New Jersey, is an experienced urologist who provides a range of effective treatments for erectile dysfunction, including noninvasive, painless shockwave therapy. Call the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online form.

Erectile Dysfunction Q&A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), which is also known as impotence, is an inability to get an erection when you wish to have sex or not being able to sustain an erection during sex. You might also get erections that aren’t hard enough for intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem, affecting around 30 million men across the United States. While it’s not unusual to have the occasional problem with your erections, if you’re experiencing frequent episodes of erectile dysfunction for more than a couple of months, it could indicate you need treatment for an underlying condition.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can develop for both physical and psychological reasons. Common causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Aging
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Depression
  • Nerve or spinal cord damage
  • Medication side effects
  • Substance abuse
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Surgeries or injuries
  • Obesity
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Peyronie's disease

In most cases, ED is treatable for men of any age. If you feel embarrassed to talk to anyone about erectile dysfunction, you can be sure of discreet and compassionate care at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine.

What treatments are there for erectile dysfunction?

ED treatments available at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine include:

Psychotherapy (sex therapy)

Talking therapies can be vital to address any psychological causes of erectile dysfunction.

Lifestyle changes

Healthier lifestyles boost erectile function significantly. The Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine can help you make changes like stopping smoking, reducing your alcohol consumption, losing weight, exercising regularly, and learning to manage and reduce stress.

Drug therapy

PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra®, Levitra®, and Cialis®) are oral medications that can prevent ED. 

Intracavernosal injections

Injections of medication into your penis can help treat ED in a similar way to oral medications.

Intraurethral medications (MUSE)

MUSE (medicated urethral system for erection) is a urethral suppository – a medicine you insert into the urethra in your penis.

Shockwave therapy

GAINSWave shockwave therapy is a relatively new approach that stimulates your body’s natural healing processes. The treatment is a painless in-office procedure that doesn’t require the use of any medications, injections, or pumps, and could help you avoid surgery.

Vacuum devices

Also known as penile pumps, vacuum devices help bring more blood into your penis to help you achieve an erection.

Penile implants

When other treatments for erectile dysfunction aren’t working, a penile implant could help. Penile implants are medical devices that you have surgically fitted into your penis. They allow you to enlarge your penis using a flexible rod or an inflatable pump to produce a natural-looking erection.

It’s also important to work with your doctors so you can avoid taking any medications that could affect erectile function.

Find the erectile dysfunction treatment that’s right for you by calling the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine today or book an appointment online.