Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is also sometimes also referred to as impotence or Sexual Dysfunction. Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern.
- Drugs (anti-depressants and nicotine are most common)
- Neurogenic disorders
- Cavernosal disorders (Peyronie’s disease)
- Psychological causes: performance anxiety, stress, and mental disorders
- Aging. It is four times more common in men aged in their 60s than those in their 40s.
- Diseases such as diabetes mellitus and multiple sclerosis (MS). While these two causes have not been
proven they are likely suspects as they cause issues with both the blood flow and nervous systems.
- Lifestyle: smoking is a key cause of erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction or Sexual Dysfunction symptoms might include persistent:
- Trouble getting an erection
- Trouble keeping an erection
- Reduced sexual desire
Sexual Dysfunction Treatments
- Drug treatments for erectile dysfunction
- Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise during midlife
- Oral medication
- Topical medication
- Injected medication
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy