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What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection to have sex. It is common for most men to encounter erectile dysfunction occasionally, but if it is ongoing and causing distress or relationship problems, you …
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Many causes of erectile dysfunction are related to physical health; erectile dysfunction can therefore indicate an underlying medical condition. Some causes include hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. Other causes can be psychological or …
Who gets erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction occurs only in men. It can affect any man who is sexually active, but is more likely to occur if there is an underlying medical condition.
How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?
To diagnose erectile dysfunction, your doctor may ask you detailed questions about your symptoms. Tests to identify any underlying physical problems can also be performed, which include blood and urine tests.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
There are multiple treatment options available for erectile dysfunction. Depending on what is causing the condition, treatment can range from lifestyle changes, counselling, medications, pumping devices and surgical procedures.
Can erectile dysfunction be cured?
In many cases, once the cause of erectile dysfunction is identified, it is possible to treat it. It is also important to note that it is common for most men to occasionally be unable to achieve an erection.
Are there complications of erectile dysfunction?
Having erectile dysfunction for an extended period of time can sometimes lead to stress, anxiety, low self-esteem or depression. It can also be associated with relationship troubles.
Are there psychological causes of erectile dysfunction?
Some psychological reasons for erectile dysfunction can include: stress; depression; anxiety about performance; past traumatic experiences; relationship difficulties, and; sexual boredom or disinterest.
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Erectile dysfunction