Page ContentErectile Dysfunction (ED)Kelsey-Seybold urologists can help uncover the cause for erectile dysfunction and create a treatment plan to achieve an erection. Commonly known as impotence, erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection. This can happen occasionally to any man for a variety of reasons, but if it is an ongoing issue, it can be stressful, result in relationship problems, and may even be a symptom of an underlying health condition.Symptoms of EDThe symptoms of erectile dysfunction are most commonly:Issues with getting an erectionIssues with keeping an erectionReduced libidoCommon Causes and Risk FactorsBecause male sexual function is complex, there are many factors that can contribute to erectile dysfunction. These may be physical and involve the brain, hormones, muscles, and/or blood vessels. Alternatively, they may be psychological, such as stress and mental health issues. The cause may also be due to a combination of physical and psychological problems. Physical causes of erectile dysfunction may include:Heart diseaseAtherosclerosisHigh cholesterolHigh blood pressureDiabetesObesityMetabolic syndromeParkinson's diseaseMultiple sclerosisCertain prescription medicationsTobacco usePeyronie's diseaseSubstance abuse, including alcoholismSleep disordersProstate cancer or enlarged prostateSurgeries or injuries in the back or groin region Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction may include:DepressionAnxietyOther mental health issuesStressRelationship issuesDiagnosis and TreatmentTo diagnose erectile dysfunction, your doctor will likely first determine whether you have an underlying condition that could be causing it. Depending on the cause and severity of your erectile dysfunction, treatment may include:Oral medicationMedication injectionsMedication suppositoryTestosterone replacementPenile pumpPenile implantsExercisePsychological counseling If you are experiencing the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, don’t let embarrassment keep you from getting treatment. The Urology specialists at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston will help determine the underlying cause and provide a treatment plan to alleviate your erectile dysfunction.