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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the term used to describe the inability to keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is also referred to as impotence. Erection problems are very common. According to the International Journal of Impotence Research, 5-20% of men have moderate-to-severe ED. Various factors can contribute to developing erectile dysfunction. Although this can be a chronic problem, such failure can also be temporary.
Medically reviewed by G.L. Merkens on December 17, 2018
An erection is the result of an increased blood flow to the penis. However, erectile problems may simply interrupt this blood flow. That means it becomes difficult to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse.
Erectile dysfunction is also referred to as impotence.
Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man experiences the following symptoms:
How the problem manifests itself will be related to the cause.
NB: Sometimes erectile dysfunction is confused with premature ejaculation. It is important to recognise the difference between these two disorders because they do not normally occur together. And in addition, the treatment options are very different.
This condition can have multiple causes, and occasional erectile dysfunction is not uncommon. For example, many men may experience problems in times of stress. As a recent study stated, smoking can play a factor too.
Frequent problems can be a sign of health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, for example. And if this should be the case, then it is recommended you should contact your doctor.
This can also be sensible if you have any questions or feelings of anxiety. And in addition, if your blood circulation is restricted, then your lifestyle may also play an important role.
Age can also play a role, although a 2013 study stated that one in four men seeking their first treatment for erectile dyfunction were 40 years or less. The chance of erectile dysfunction increases later in life, but that does not mean that everyone will experience problems.
In general, the better health a person enjoys, the less chance they will experience erectile dysfunction.
The diagnosis of erectile dysfunction can be determined by a few questions about the mental and physical state of the individual. In most cases, this is enough to determine a treatment.
However, when it becomes clear there is a chronic (underlying) problem, further research may be needed into any physical or mental problems. Once a diagnosis has been made, a treatment can then be prescribed.
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