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Erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?

ED is known as the inability to maintain an erection sufficient for satisfying sexual activity.

An erection is more complex than you may think – it involves your brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. If any of these factors isn’t working together with the rest, an erection cannot occur.

Common causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Andropause
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychological factors such as stress and anxiety
  • Sleep disorder
  • Smoking
What are the symptoms of ED?

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

You should see a doctor if:

  • Your inability to get or maintain erections is new and uninvestigated
  • Your difficulty with erections causes significant distress or relationship disruption
  • You experience other sexual problems like a premature or delayed ejaculation
  • You have diabetes, heart disease, or other health conditions
  • You have other symptoms associated with your erectile dysfunction
How does ED get treated?

There are several treatment options for ED including:

Counselling – this a recommended course of treatment for those suffering with erectile dysfunction caused by psychological reasons such as anxiety or stress.

Medication – pills (such as Cialis, Viagra, Levitra) or injections can be prescribed to help increase the likelihood of reaching an erection.

Vacuum Devices – vacuum devices can be used to improve the firmness of the penis by boosting blood flow to the area.

Surgery – vascular reconstruction surgery can be performed in cases where blood flow to the penis is restricted.

Treatment varies depending on doctor recommendations and what you personally feel is the best option for you.

Meet our doctors

Our physicians are Canadian licensed and practice family or emergency medicine right here in Canada.

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Dr. Paul Medve

Dr. Paul Medve

ER Physician, Simcoe

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Dr. Donald Ginsberg

Dr. Donald Ginsberg

Family Physician, Montreal

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Dr. Eric Fonberg

Dr. Eric Fonberg

Family & ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Mark D’Souza

Dr. Mark D’Souza

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Peter Iracleous

Dr. Peter Iracleous

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Tristan Snider

Dr. Tristan Snider

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Marni Brooks

Dr. Marni Brooks

Family Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Garth Slysz

Dr. Garth Slysz

Family Physician, Charlottetown

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Dr. Aleksandra Ferenc

Dr. Aleksandra Ferenc

Family Physician, Mississauga

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Dr. Shane Hawkins

Dr. Shane Hawkins

Family & ER Physician, Halifax

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What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Can a doctor help treat ED on Maple?

Yes, absolutely. For men, ED is the most common medical condition treated by doctors on Maple.

Once a Maple doctor has had a consultation with you, they can help you to understand possible causes of your ED. 

They also may prescribe treatments such as medicine that can help you achieve a temporary erection during sexual intercourse.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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