Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile Dysfunction (ED), also referred to as impotence, is the inability to attain or maintain an erection of the penis that is firm enough for penetration during sexual intercourse. The treatment and management of erectile dysfunction may involve medication, psychological counseling, lifestyle changes, or surgery.

Medical treatments available for erectile dysfunction may include oral pills, urethral inserts, and/or injections. The most commonly used medications in treating erectile dysfunction are phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5), which relax the arteries of the penis and allow it to fill with blood, resulting in an erection.

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Available Treatments:

  • Viagra (sildenfil citrate):
    The pill originally intended to treat heart disease is now used to treat erectile dysfunction. This particular PDE-5 agent can cause, on rare occasions, blue-green shading of vision due to high blood levels of the drug. This temporary and poses no long-term risk. Viagra usually works 1-4 hours after you take it. For more information, you can visit

  • Cialis (taladafil):
    This tablet is similar to Viagra, though it may have a longer duration of action. For more information, you can visit

  • Levitra (vardenafil HCl):
    This tablet should be taken approximately one hour before sexual activity. For more information you can visit

  • Caverject (alprostadil):
    This ED medication is injected directly into the corpora cavernosa of the penis. For more information you can visit

  • MUSE:
    is a urethral suppository of alprostadil, eliminating the need for injection. It is inserted directly into the penile urethra using a small, narrow tube. For more information, you can visit

RMA of New York Team

  • Risa Abittan, MS, CGC

    Risa Abittan, MS, CGC

    Genetic Counselor

  • Beth McAvey, MD

    Beth McAvey, MD

    Reproductive Endocrinologist

  • Joseph Peña, MD

    Joseph Peña, MD

    Reproductive Endocrinologist

  • Michelle Goldsammler, MD

    Michelle Goldsammler, MD

    Reproductive Endocrinologist

  • Cary L. Dicken, MD

    Cary L. Dicken, MD

    Reproductive Endocrinologist

  • Michael Zinger, MD

    Michael Zinger, MD

    Reproductive Endocrinologist

  • Daniel Kenigsberg, MD

    Daniel Kenigsberg, MD

    Reproductive Endocrinologist

  • Steven Brenner, MD

    Steven Brenner, MD

    Reproductive Endocrinologist

  • Joanne Libraro, MSN, RN-C, NEA-BC

    Joanne Libraro, MSN, RN-C, NEA-BC

    Chief Operating Officer

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Why RMA of New York: Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

RMA of New York serves as the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Mount Sinai Medical System. Our laboratory team is dedicated to scientific discovery, graduate medical education through RMA of NY’s REI Fellowship Program, and individualized care that focuses on you.

Our team of embryologists are consistently recognized as innovators in reproductive science and medicine, and security and safety standards. RMA of New York has been at the forefront of embryo freezing technology and cutting-edge research, helping countless individuals and partners achieve the dream of building a family.

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