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Erectile Dysfunction
 

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or maintain erection for sexual intercourse.

Causes

  • Injury to penis, spinal cord, prostrate, bladder or pelvis
  • Diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, vascular disease, neurological disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Hormonal abnormalities
  • Certain medications
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear of sexual failure
  • Poor personal relationship with the partner

Symptoms

  • Inability to obtain erection
  • Inability to sustain erection

Treatment

  • Medication
  • Counseling
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Management of the physical causes responsible for erectile dysfunction
  • Vacuum devices
  • Implants
  • Surgery

Prevention

  • Avoiding alcohol and tobacco
  • Avoiding stress
  • Regular exercise
  • Maintaining healthy weight
  • Managing diseases that might lead to erectile dysfunction