Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Read on to find out more about erectile dysfunction symptoms and prevention tips here.

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It is normal that as a person gets older, he may need more stimulation (such as stroking and touching) to get an erection. While erectile dysfunction (sometimes referred to as ED) is more common in men older than 65 years old, it can occur at any age, and is not necessarily due to ageing.

The brain plays a very important role in erection which includes sexual excitement. Some psychological conditions which can cause erectile dysfunction include:
Anxiety 
Stress 
Fatigue 
Poor communication or conflict with your partner

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

Common causes include:
Heart disease and blocked blood vessels (atherosclerosis )
Diabetes 
Obesity and metabolic syndrome
Smoking 
Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Spinal cord surgeries or injuries



Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Treatment of erectile dysfunction depends on the cause. Treatment types include psychotherapy, drug therapy, vacuum devices, and surgery.

The doctor may prescribe some medications that might help achieve an erection. Some medicines may be injected into the penis.

Referral to the urologist may be required in some patients. If medication is not suitable, vacuum pump devices or surgery are some options.

Erectile Dysfunction Prevention

Although most men experience episodes of erectile dysfunction occasionally, taking some steps can decrease the chances of erectile dysfunction. These include:
Optimal control and management of medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease that can lead to erectile dysfunction
Limiting or avoiding the use of alcohol and recreational drugs such as marijuana
Quitting smoking
Exercising regularly
Reducing stress and getting help for anxiety or depression
Getting enough sleep and rest to avoid fatigue




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