Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Treatment of erectile dysfunction is relatively straightforward. Almost 100% of men with ED can be successfully treated.

Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection is a problem that more than 40 million men in the United States face today. So, you’re not alone.  ED might signify other underlying medical issues and men with this problem may be at higher risk of heart attack or stroke. Recent research has demonstrated that ED, in many instances, is due to  vascular disease. So, talking about this issue with your doctor might just save your life.

There are many treatments for erectile dysfunction. The cause and severity of your condition and underlying health problems are important factors in deciding which treatment option is best for you. Our urologists will explain the risks and benefits of each treatment and take your personal preferences into consideration.

Treatment may include:

  • Oral medications
  • Testosterone replacement
  • Surgery (blood vessel surgery)
  • Penis pumps (vacuum constriction device)
  • Penile implants
  • Counseling and therapy


Healthy lifestyle choices and managing any existing health problems you may have can help you avoid erectile dysfunction:
  • Good management of  chronic health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Regular checkups and medical screening tests
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress
  • Get help for anxiety or depression


Western Michigan Urological Associates
(616) 392-1816


John Ludlow, MD, Western Michigan Urological Associates, talks about erectile dysfunction diagnosis and treatments.
Urologist John Ludlow, MD, Western Michigan Urological Associates talks about the causes, prevention and treatments for ED and its association with other significant vascular issues.