Skip to content

Erectile Dysfunction

Make Appointments & Get Care

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED), sometimes called impotence, is the inability to sustain or achieve an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual activity. ED is a medical problem when this happens regularly, over a long period of time. ED is very common—and very treatable.

Causes of erectile dysfunction include: 

  • Premature ejaculation
  • Depression
  • Low testosterone
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety

Chronic erectile dysfunction affects about 30 million people in the United States alone. Unfortunately, because of reluctance to discuss the subject, only about 10% seek treatment. 

It’s important to consult your doctor if you do have chronic ED because many of its causes are physical. Not only can these causes be successfully treated, but if they’re not treated they can lead to other problems. Erectile dysfunction is not an inevitable result of aging, and age is not a reason to avoid treatment.

Ready for an Appointment?

Call (585) 487-3350

Urology Live Chat: Now Available

Need to book an appointment? Questions about your urologic health? A live chat agent may be available to assist. 

    • Look for the blue chat icon located the bottom right corner of this page and click it. 
    • Type "urology" and send the message.
    • Enter your zip code and send the message.
    • Click the "chat with an agent" button if it appears. 
    • You may be asked to provide some basic information. This helps us assist you more effectively.
    • If available, a live agent will be with you as soon as possible.
    • Once connected, you'll be able to ask questions, schedule appointments, or get assistance with any concerns you may have regarding your urological health.

UR Medicine's Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

Diagnosing erectile dysfunction usually begins with the doctor taking your medical and sexual history, followed by a physical exam and routine blood and urine tests that can check your level of male hormones, cholesterol, blood sugar, and liver, kidney, and thyroid function. The physical exam could also include an examination of your prostate.

Several other tests can evaluate blood flow into and out of the penis as well as sensitivity and nerve function. Among the most common tests are: ultrasound, a neurologic exam, and a nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) test to measure the number and strength of erections during sleep.

Treatment options are wide-ranging, including:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Oral medications
  • Injection therapy
  • Intraurethral therapy
  • Hormone medications
  • Vacuum devices
  • Penile implants (prostheses)
  • Surgical treatment
  • Counseling and psychotherapy

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine Urology provides the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region's most advanced and complete urologic care. We have the most highly trained specialists. Many of our doctors are fellowship trained, the highest level of education available.

We use the most advanced technology to perform procedures such as minimally invasive robotic surgery. We are one of only a few academic medical centers offering High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for personalized treatment of prostate cancer. We also use the latest da Vinci Surgical System, with high-definition 3D imaging to enhance the surgeon's vision during procedures.

UR Medicine is a national pioneer in minimally invasive surgery, which speeds recovery, reduces post-surgery pain, and decreases the risks of complications. As part of an academic medical center, we’re involved in the very latest research to develop more effective treatments.


Our care team is here for you. Find a UR Medicine expert and get care now.

View Providers


We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

View All Locations

14 locations

Urology - Sawgrass - Brighton

158 Sawgrass Drive, 2nd Floor, Suite 230
Rochester, NY 14620

Urology - Brighton

Brighton Pathways to Health​
3200 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Urology - Brockport

Strong West
156 West Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brockport, NY 14420

Urology - Canandaigua

699 South Main Street, Suite 6
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Urology - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Urology - Geneseo

Noyes Health Services
50 East South Street
Geneseo, NY 14454

Urology - Geneva

293 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Urology - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing, Suite 130
Rochester, NY 14606

Urology - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street, 3rd Floor
Wellsville, NY 14895

Urology - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Point Road North, Suite 102
Hornell, NY 14843

Pediatric Urology - Rochester

Lattimore Medical Center
125 Lattimore Road, Ground Floor, Suite G-100
Rochester, NY 14620

Urology - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Urology - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Rochester, NY 14642

Related Services & Conditions