Erectile Dysfunction

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  • Dedicated to restoring sexual function with advanced procedures
  • Internationally known experts in male sexual health issues
  • One of the region's largest urology departments

Erectile dysfunction can be a difficult problem to discuss with your partner or even your doctor. However, it needn't be because erectile dysfunction, which causes sexual performance issues for men, is a very common and highly treatable condition. 

It affects roughly 1 in 3 men between the ages of 40 and 70. While erectile dysfunction is usually a physical problem, it can also have psychological roots. More often than not, it is a combination of both. And help is available. “We have a treatment for everyone,” says Stanton Honig, MD, a Yale Medicine urologist who is the director of the Male Reproductive Health/Sexual Medicine Program. “It's just a matter of what option you choose.” 

At Yale Medicine, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to determine the underlying causes of your erectile dysfunction. We understand the relationship between erectile dysfunction and other health issues which inspires us to use an interdisciplinary approach to caring for our patients. We regularly collaborate with colleagues across different areas of medicine to help patients who we treat.

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence or ED, is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Almost all cases of erectile dysfunction are treatable, says Dr. Honig.

Reluctance to seek treatment remains the major barrier to restoring full sexual function for men who have erectile dysfunction.