Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Mark J. Kelly, MD

Urology located in Santa Monica, CA

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can take a toll on your sex life and your self-esteem, but thankfully, this common problem is highly treatable. Board-certified urologist Mark J. Kelly, MD, practicing in Santa Monica, California, has extensive experience helping men treat their ED through an approach that addresses both symptoms and underlying causes. For help managing your ED, schedule an appointment at the Medical Office of Mark J. Kelly, MD, Inc. by calling or booking online today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) means you’re regularly unable to achieve or sustain an erection that is firm enough for sex. Almost all men have occasional performance issues, including not becoming erect at the right time or losing their erection during sex, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have ED. You may have ED if these problems happen often enough to harm your self-esteem, make you feel anxious about sex, or create tension in your relationship.

Many men avoid seeking treatment for ED out of embarrassment, but it’s a very common condition that affects men of all ages, and it’s highly treatable. Dr. Kelly has extensive experience treating ED and strives to create a comfortable, nonjudgmental atmosphere at his practice. If you’ve been having trouble achieving an erection strong enough for sex, don’t hesitate to tell Dr. Kelly.


What causes erectile dysfunction?

An erection is a complicated phenomenon. It requires some form of sensory stimulation, leading to sexual arousal, followed by your body’s physical response, including increased blood flow to your penis. That means ED can have many causes, both mental and physical.

Factors that can cause ED include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Performance anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Tobacco, alcohol, and drug use

ED is sometimes a side effect of medication. To help Dr. Kelly determine the cause of your ED, it’s helpful to keep track of your erectile problems. If you know when they started, or notice they affect you more in certain situations, Dr. Kelly can more easily target your treatment.

In some cases, erectile dysfunction is a sign of Peyronie’s disease, a buildup of scar tissue in the penis that significantly affects its shape or curvature.


What are the treatment options for erectile dysfunction?

Many cases of erectile dysfunction are treatable by addressing the underlying medical condition. Dr. Kelly may refer you to a specialist who can help you manage a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Often, as these conditions lessen, so does your ED.

Your ED may also lessen if you make changes to your lifestyle, including learning stress management techniques or drinking less alcohol. If you’re taking a medication known to cause ED as a side effect, Dr. Kelly may recommend an alternative.

Dr. Kelly also prescribes medication, which is highly effective when addressing the underlying factors of ED isn’t enough. These medications include Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) and Cialis® (tadalafil).

Dr. Kelly is also experienced in performing penile prosthetic surgery, which can restore sexual function even when ED is the result of a serious medical condition.

If Dr. Kelly diagnoses you with Peyronie’s disease, he may recommend treatment to break down the scar tissue in your penis, which lessens disease-related ED.

To get help for ED, call the Medical Office of Mark J. Kelly, MD, Inc. or book an appointment online today.