Problems with Erections

 Impotence; Erectile Dysfunction (ED)


Millions of men experience erectile dysfunction (ED); but when it happens frequently, treatment should be sought.  Although most ED can be treated successfully with sex therapy, only around 5% of men with ED seek professional treatment.


There are two categories of erectile dysfunction – Primary and Secondary.  Primary ED is never having been able to achieve or sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.  This category accounts for less than 10% of men with ED.


The Secondary category is where most men with ED fall.  It refers to having been able to achieve satisfying sexual intercourse in the past, but currently not being able to get or maintain an erection long enough to complete intercourse most of the time.


ED should be evaluated by a physician prior to sex therapy, to make sure that there isn’t an underling medical condition causing the ED.  Physical problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, prostate issues and prescription drugs, especially blood pressure medicine and anti-psychotic drugs, can cause or contribute to ED.


Psychological problems like depression, low self-esteem, performance anxiety, past traumatic sexual experiences, anger towards women and fear of getting a woman pregnant can also result in ED.


ED can be a couple’s problem, too, if the partners don’t communicate or distance themselves emotionally. For example, a man’s partner may think he no longer loves her or finds her attractive, when in fact he is overly concerned with pleasing her.  With time, this type of situation can set up a cycle of fear of failure and performance anxiety.


Dr Boulware has treated ED problems for over 25+ years. Her sex therapy program is specially designed for each individual patient to help break this cycle for men with ED, with or without partners.


For information about making an In-Office Consultation Appointment


CALL (310) 374-4173 Day & Evening/Weekend Appointments

E-Mail: [email protected]

Carol Boulware, MFT, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist – #MFT11632
ABS Certified Sex Therapist #1466
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
EMDR Certified Therapist- EMDRIA Approved Consultant
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
3130 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550
Los Angeles, California 90401
(310) 374-4173
Email: [email protected]
Additional offices in Santa Monica & Redondo Beach