What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Definition of Erectile Dysfunction: The inability to get or maintain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is more common among older men. An estimated 15 to 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to the AUA Foundation. Below is a brief overview of the causes, symptoms and treatments, plus links to more information.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction? Common causes include:
- High blood pressure, cholesterol, clogged arteries and heart disease
- Diabetes or metabolic syndrome
- Low testosterone
- Lifestyle choices: smoking, drinking, drug use, not exercising
- Side effects of prescription drugs
- Depression, anxiety, and stress
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
Is Erectile Dysfunction Contagious? No.
Medical Term: Erectile dysfunction is often abbreviated to ED. Impotence is a term for ED.
Signs & Symptoms: Symptoms can range from the complete inability to get an erection, to occasional trouble achieving an erection, to short erections, to erections that are not firm enough and even to reduced sexual desire.
Treatment & Remedies: Your doctor may first address any underlying conditions or medications that contribute to ED. Exercising more and losing weight may also help. Oral medications called PDE5s are effective for many men. A vacuum pump, prescription injections, counseling, and, in rare cases, surgery also treat ED.
- See your doctor: ED may be a symptom of another serious health condition, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- See your doctor before taking any prescriptions or supplements for ED. They may not work, or may cause serious side effects in some people, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Although ED is more common in older men, it is not a natural part of aging, according to the NIH.
Sources and More Information:
- Erectile Dysfunction: Details from MyHealthNewsDaily
- Related Information from the Mayo Clinic
- Related Information from the National Institutes of Health
- Related Information from the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
- Related Information from the AUA Foundation
This information is not meant to provide specific medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. We recommend you consult a qualified health care professional for diagnoses and treatment advice, and call 9-1-1 in emergencies.
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