Erectile Dysfunction

Khaled Fareed, MD -  - Urology

Urology Center of Orange County

Khaled Fareed, MD

Urology located in Fountain Valley, CA

If you’re like most men, you feel uncomfortable when it comes to talking about erectile dysfunction. But it’s easier when you meet with an experienced physician like Khaled Fareed, MD, at the Urology Center of Orange County. Dr. Fareed offers discreet education, medication, injections, and other treatments that help men overcome erectile dysfunction and regain a healthy sex life. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Fountain Valley, California today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q&A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction occurs when you can’t have an erection or can’t maintain it long enough for sexual intercourse. Nearly all men occasionally have trouble having an erection, usually due to temporary problems like stress, fatigue, or relationship problems. However, you should seek help if you experience regular erection problems.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

In most cases, erectile dysfunction develops from an underlying health condition such as:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Low testosterone
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Neurologic disease
  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obesity


You’re most likely to develop erectile dysfunction when blood flow in the penis is limited or you have damaged nerves. You need healthy nerves to trigger increased blood flow into your penis. The extra blood then causes a firm erection.

Of all the possible causes, one type of cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, is the most common. Atherosclerosis occurs when cholesterol plaque builds up in the arteries and restricts blood flow. The problem often develops in the arteries carrying blood to your penis.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

After reviewing your medical history and completing a thorough evaluation at the Urology Center of Orange County, Dr. Fareed begins by recommending treatment for any underlying conditions contributing to your erectile dysfunction.

He also treats erectile dysfunction using therapies such as:

Oral medications

Medications such as sildenafil (Viagra®), tadalafil (Cialis®), vardenafil (Levitra®), and avanafil (Stendra®) cause an erection when sexually aroused.

Injected and intraurethral medication

A medication called alprostadil causes an erection that lasts about 30 minutes. You can inject it into the side of your penis or insert a suppository into the urethra.

Hormone replacement therapy

Dr. Fareed prescribes hormone replacement therapy when your erectile dysfunction is because of low testosterone.

Vacuum erection device

This device consists of a plastic tube that you place over your penis. A pump creates a vacuum that increases blood flow and causes an erection. You sustain the erection by placing a ring on your penis.

Penile implants

Dr. Fareed may surgically insert semi-rigid or inflatable implants into your penis. When you want to have sex, you create an erection by activating the inflatable implant or bending the semi-rigid device.

If you need help with erectile dysfunction, call the Urology Center of Orange County today.