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Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability for a man to get and/or maintain an erection firm enough for sex. Most men have problems with erections from time to time, but ED that happens routinely is not normal – and can be treated. Erectile dysfunction can also be a sign of serious underlying medical conditions that require treatment as well.
ED can cause stress, affect your self-confidence, and contribute to relationship problems.
ED is a very common problem with many proven treatment options, but it can be embarrassing to talk about, even with your primary care provider.
ED is usually not permanent, so know that your provider is ready to help you treat your ED and any underlying conditions so you can put ED in the past.
ED can be caused by health problems, emotional issues or both.
Some known risk factors are:
ED can be an early sign of a more serious health problem, so your primary care provider will evaluate you for possible physical and emotional causes.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Health, the following diseases and conditions can cause ED:
Psychological or emotional factors may make ED worse, and you may develop ED if you have one or more of the following:
Typical symptoms include:
You should talk to your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms, especially if you:
Your primary care provider will develop a personalized treatment plan based on any underlying conditions and your overall health. Treating ED is based on taking care of your heart and vascular health, and directly treating the symptoms of ED with proven products and procedures.
Your plan will help you address any risk factors, and may include one or more of these safe treatments:
You can prevent and treat ED with some simple steps: