Erectile Dysfunction

Couple dealing with erectile dysfunction

Definition

Erectile dysfunction, or ‘ED’, is a medical term describing the inability to achieve or maintain an erect penis adequate for sexual function. This condition is one of the most common sexual problems for men. The likelihood of experiencing erectile dysfunction increases with age, and it affects an estimated 15 to 30 million American men. The effects of ED can range from minor to severe depending on individual cases.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

Male sexual dysfunction is made up of several problems associated with the sexual performance of a man, including:

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Difficulty keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Peyronie’s disease, a curvature of the penis during an erection
  • Premature ejaculation, (release of semen before or shortly after penetration with minimal sexual stimulation occurring)

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction can stem from inhibition, stress, medication use or a medical condition Causes of ED include:

  • Psychological problems
  • Aging and a natural drop in hormonal activity
  • Stress
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Minor illness
  • Illegal drug use
  • Serious or chronic conditions
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