April 28, 2017
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Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

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Erectile dysfunction (impotence) facts

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to have a hard erection initially and/or to have a hard erection that lasts long enough for sexual activity.
  • Symptoms of erectile dysfunction include lack of an erection hard enough for penetration and/or lasting long enough for completion of sexual activity.
  • ED may occur with or without other sexual dysfunction, including decreased libido (decreased interest in sexual activity), orgasmic dysfunction (troubles achieving an orgasm/climax), and ejaculatory dysfunction (problems with the fluid released during sex, including lack of ejaculation, small volume ejaculate, and pain with ejaculation).
  • Erectile dysfunction is common, and the risk of developing ED increases with age. Experts have estimated that erectile dysfunction affects 30 million men in the United States.
  • The causes of erectile dysfunction include aging, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, cigarette smoking, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), depression, nerve or spinal cord damage, medication side effects, alcoholism or other substance (drug) abuse, pelvic surgery including radical prostatectomy, pelvic radiation, penile/perineal/pelvic trauma such as pelvic fracture, Peyronie's disease (a disorder that causes curvature of the penis and sometimes painful erections), and low testosterone levels.
  • Erectile dysfunction is treatable in all age groups.
  • Treatments include psychotherapy, adopting a healthy lifestyle, oral PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, Stendra, and Staxyn), intraurethral prostaglandin E1 (MUSE), intracavernosal injections (prostaglandin E1 [Caverject, Edex], Bimix and Trimix), vacuum devices, surgery, and (in some cases) changes in medications when appropriate.
  • Before using over-the-counter products and/or supplements, a discussion with a doctor is strongly recommended.
  • New research is ongoing in the field of erectile dysfunction to find improved and effective therapies.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/11/2017

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/erectile_dysfunction_ed_impotence/article.htm


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