ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Having erection trouble from time to time isn't necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease. If you're concerned about erectile dysfunction, consult a doctor from a wellness multispecialty hospital — even if you're embarrassed. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.

Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction

SYMPTOMS

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With Erectile Dysfunction (ED), it is hard to get or keep an erection that is firm enough for sex. When ED becomes a routine and bothersome problem, your primary care provider or a Urologist can help.
ED may be a major warning sign of cardiovascular disease indicating blockages are building in a man's vascular system. Some studies have shown men with ED are at significant risk of getting a heart attack, stroke or circulatory problems in the legs. ED also causes:
  • Low self-esteem

  • Depression

  • Distress for the man and his partner 

If ED is affecting a man's well-being or his relationships, it should be treated. Treatment aims to fix or enhance erectile function, help circulatory health and help the quality of a man's life.


Erectile dysfunction

Causes:

ED can result from health problems, emotional issues, or from both. Some known risk factors are:

  • Being over age 50 
  • Having high blood sugar (Diabetes)
  • Having high blood pressure 
  • Having cardiovascular disease
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Using drugs or drinking too much alcohol
  • Being obese
  • Lacking exercise

Even though ED becomes more common as men age, growing old is not always going to cause ED. Some men stay sexually functional into their 80s. ED can be an early sign of a more serious health problem. Finding and treating the reason for ED is a vital first step.

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FAQs

ED is usually treatable with either medication or surgery. Treating the underlying causes and making lifestyle changes can also help reverse symptoms without the need for medication. Psychological and emotional causes of ED are treatable with counseling or psychological therapy.

Male infertility comes from low sperm production, sperm abnormalities, or blockages in the sperm delivery system. ED is not a direct cause of male infertility, but they may have similar root causes.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common; men of various ages can sometimes experience it when they’re stressed. However, progressive and frequent ED can signify potential health issues that require treatment by a medical professional.