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Erectile Dysfunction

Carter Cardiometabolic Health and Wellness Center

Family Medicine Physicians & Obesity Medicine Specialists located in Cibolo, TX

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual problem affecting as many as 30 million men. If ED negatively impacts your self-confidence and intimate relationships, board-certified family physician Stephen Carter, MD, and his medical team can help. At Carter Cardiometabolic Health and Wellness Center in Cibolo, Texas, they offer revolutionary GAINSWave and other innovative erectile dysfunction treatments to restore your quality of life. Call Carter Cardiometabolic Health and Wellness Center to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when you have trouble getting or keeping an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual activity. It’s common to have ED every so often, but if it happens regularly or interferes with your personal relationships, Dr. Carter and his team can help.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is caused by various factors. It might result from one or more of the following:

  • Older age
  • Stress, depression, or anxiety
  • Unbalanced hormones
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use or alcoholism
  • Sleep disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Other chronic health conditions

Dr. Carter works with you to determine the cause of your ED and establish a treatment that best matches your needs.

What is the treatment for erectile dysfunction?

To determine a treatment plan, Dr. Carter reviews your medical history and symptoms, completing an examination if necessary. He may use blood, urine, or imaging tests to rule out or diagnose underlying medical conditions. 

Once you have a diagnosis of ED, Dr. Carter might recommend one or more of the following ED treatments:

GAINSWave therapy

Dr. Carter and his team use GAINSWave extracorporeal shockwave therapy to treat ED. GAINSWave uses low-frequency acoustic sound waves to stimulate new blood vessel growth, increase blood flow, and enhance sexual function. 

During this noninvasive procedure, Dr. Carter applies a special probe coated in gel to your penis. The procedure takes 15-20 minutes and it’s drug-free, with no downtime.

Chronic disease treatments 

Treating underlying diseases that cause erectile dysfunction, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, can improve your condition. Dr. Carter offers exercise and nutrition counseling and medical weight loss to reduce ED associated with obesity.


In some cases, Dr. Carter recommends taking medications to treat ED and restore your sex life. He might suggest hormone therapy if your testosterone levels are low, or medications that enhance erections.

Which erectile dysfunction treatment is right for me?

Dr. Carter recommends the least invasive ED treatment first and treats medical conditions that contribute to your erectile dysfunction. He reviews your options and preferences to determine which ED treatment best matches your needs.

Don’t live with erectile dysfunction when simple, noninvasive ED treatments are readily available at Carter Cardiometabolic Health and Wellness Center. Call for an appointment today or use the online scheduler.