Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction, also called ED or impotence, is the inability to get an erection or keep it long enough for sexual activity. Occasional difficulty achieving an erection happens to nearly all men and is not considered a problem. When difficulty occurs in 50-70% or more attempts, there is cause for concern and reason to discuss the issue with a doctor.

Risk factors for ED include medical conditions that can interfere with blood flow to the penis. These include atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease, diabetes and others. ED can also result from injury to the penis or psychological problems such as stress, depression or anxiety. Your urologist can determine if your problem is physical or psychological.

If the cause is physical, several medications are available. Other treatments include injections and surgery. For non-physical causes, sex therapy is recommended.

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