Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence means you can’t get an erection. It can also mean you are dissatisfied with the size or hardness of your erections, or how long your erections last.
In the past, ED was thought to be due to psychological problems. It is now known that for most men ED is caused by physical problems. These are most often related to the blood supply of the penis.
There are different types and causes of ED. These are some of the most common:
ED is a symptom that is linked to many health problems such as:
Diagnosis of ED may include:
Treatment for ED is based on the cause of the problem. Some of the treatments that may be used include:
ED can cause strain on a couple. Many times, men will avoid sexual situations because they are embarrassed. In turn, his partner may feel rejected or inadequate. It is important to talk openly with your partner. Some couples may seek treatment for ED together. Other men prefer to seek treatment without their partner's knowledge. Not talking about it is the main barrier to getting treatment. The loss of erectile function can have a profound effect on a man. The good news is that ED can usually be treated safely and effectively.
Feeling embarrassed about ED may prevent many men from getting the medical attention they need. This can delay diagnosis and treatment of more serious underlying conditions. ED itself is often related to an underlying problem, such as heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, or other medical conditions. Talk to your health care provider if you have problems with ED. Help is available.