Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Advanced Urology of Sarasota, LLC

Gerard A. Curtis, MD

Board Certified Urologist located in Sarasota, FL & Lakewood Ranch, FL

If you’re having trouble maintaining an erection, you may be embarrassed to talk about it. But it’s important to get treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) because it can lead to depression, low self-esteem, and problems in your relationship. If you’re experiencing ED, Gerard Curtis, MD, at Advanced Urology of Sarasota, LLC offers treatments to help you regain a healthy sex life. Call the office in Sarasota, Florida, or make an appointment online to learn more.

Erectile Dysfunction Q&A

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction occurs when insufficient blood flows to your penis during sexual arousal or your penis can’t store the blood for a sufficient amount of time. The reason for this blood flow problem can be a physical or psychological issue or a combination of both.

Most men have trouble maintaining an erection every once in a while, but if it happens frequently, you should visit Dr. Curtis to be evaluated for ED.

It’s important to visit Dr. Curtis if you’re having trouble achieving or maintaining an erection, because ED can affect more than your sex life. It can wreak havoc on your relationship and your self-esteem. ED can also be a sign of a more serious health condition.

What are risk factors for erectile dysfunction?

While it’s more common in men over 50, ED is not a natural part of aging. Risk factors include:

  • Stress
  • Emotional distress
  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications
  • Other diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, or multiple sclerosis

If you experience any of these symptoms, visit Dr. Curtis at Advanced Urology of Sarasota, LLC for a diagnosis. 

How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?

Dr. Curtis begins with a physical exam and medical history. In most cases, he can make a diagnosis with information about your sex life and lifestyle and an examination of your penis and testicles. 

In some cases, he may order additional tests, such as blood tests, urine analysis, ultrasound, or a psychological evaluation.

What are the treatment options for erectile dysfunction?

There are several treatment options for ED. The one that’s best for you depends on the cause of your ED, your preference, and other health conditions. Treatment options include:

  • Medication to increase blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation, such as Viagra®, Cialis, Staxyn, and Stendra®
  • Testosterone replacement therapy if you’re diagnosed with low testosterone (also known as low T)
  • Penile injections (medication is injected directly into the side of the penis for immediate erections)
  • Pellet therapy (pellets inserted into the urethra filled with the same medication used in penile injections)
  • Surgery (if other, less invasive procedures fail to treat your ED)

Dr. Curtis works with you to create a custom treatment tailored to your needs and lifestyle.

If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, call Advanced Urology of Sarasota, LLC or book an appointment online today.