Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

ED is when a man:

  • Can achieve erection, though not every time

  • Can get an erection, but can’t sustain it long enough for intercourse

  • Can’t achieve an erection at all

There’s no need for men with erectile dysfunction to feel ashamed or embarrassed. ED is more common than you may believe: Twelve percent of men under 60 have experienced it at some point, and nearly one-quarter of men ages 60-69 and one-third of men over 70 have ED.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

When a man is stimulated mentally or physically, his brain sends messages to the nerves of the penis. Blood flow increases and the penis becomes firm and hard. However, many emotional and medical issues can interrupt that process and prevent an erection.


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for an active sex life. Men should stay fit, sustain a healthy weight, only drink alcohol in moderation, and avoid illegal drugs to prevent ED.


Conditions that damage nerves, arteries, muscles, or tissues in the penis sometimes cause ED. They include:

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Injury

  • Kidney disease

  • Low testosterone

  • Side effects of medication


Men with anxiety, depression, guilt, or stress often experience ED. In some cases, medically-related ED compounds these feelings, creating a cycle that’s tough to break without a doctor’s help.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

During an ED consultation, Dr. Rabadi reviews your medical and sexual history, performs a physical exam, and reviews your diagnostic tests. From there, he may suggest:


If anxiety, depression, or stress causes ED, therapy can help. As part of a comprehensive treatment, Dr. Rabadi works in tandem with a local, trusted counselor to address your problem.


Several medications can help men with ED get and maintain an erection by relaxing the penis’s muscles, thus increasing blood flow. Dr. Rabadi provides self-injection medications for many patients with ED; these medicines produce an erection within five to ten minutes, but you should only use them under his direction.

Lifestyle Changes

Sometimes, minor adjustments can improve your sex life. Getting active, losing weight, and quitting smoking improve your health and boost your libido.

More severe cases of ED may require surgery.

Book your ED consultation online to learn how you can once again enjoy healthy sexual intimacy.

Ammir Rabadi, M.D.
Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Yonkers, NY
A fulfilling sex life is vital for the physical and emotional well-being for men and women alike. The inability to get or maintain a firm erection often leads to anxiety and low self-esteem. Ammir Rabadi MD of Yonkers, New York wants men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) to know that there is help. Once Dr. Rabadi uncovers the underlying causes of ED, the condition is highly treatable. Call or go online to book an ED screening today.