Erectile dysfunction, also called ED or impotence, is the inability to get and keep an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. Having trouble getting or keeping an erection once or twice is not usually a problem, but if erectile dysfunction persists, it can cause stress, self-esteem issues, and even contribute to relationship problems. Ongoing erectile dysfunction may also be a sign of an underlying physical or psychological health condition, so it’s important to talk to your doctor.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?
Because erectile dysfunction affects the penis, only men are at risk of developing it. In the United States, there are more than 3 million cases annually with rates increasing as men age. Additionally, having an underlying health condition such as heart disease, obesity, or even anxiety could increase risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION SYMPTOMS
The symptoms of erectile dysfunction make it fairly easy to self-diagnose and include persistent:
* Inability to get an erection
* Inability to keep an erection long enough for sex
* Reduced libido (sexual desire)
Diagnosis and Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
While you may already know if you have erectile dysfunction, it is a good idea to see a doctor anyway for two main reasons. First, the doctor can help you to determine if there may be an underlying health condition that is causing or contributing to the erectile dysfunction. If this is the case, treating that health condition could help to resolve the erectile dysfunction. Second, even if the doctor determines that another health condition is not to blame, he or she can help you to explore options for dealing with the erectile dysfunction.
There are now a handful of prescription oral medications which can successfully treat erectile dysfunction in most men. Your doctor can help to determine which medication may work best for your particular situation. Other possible treatment options you can discuss with a doctor include:
* Testosterone replacement (if low testosterone is a problem)
* Alprostadil injections (self-administered at home)
* Alprostadil urethral suppository
* Penile pumps
* Penile implants
Depending on the underlying cause, other lifestyle and holistic medicine options may also help improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction including:
* Increased physical activity
* Psychological counseling
* Quitting smoking
* Losing excess weight
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