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Understanding Erectile Dysfunction in men

Erectile dysfunction is the impotence to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. It is very common and it affects about 30 million men in the United States. It can be an indication of a physical or psychological condition. Patients who suffer from erectile dysfunction need to be evaluated for any underlying physical and psychological conditions. In some cases, medications or other treatments might be required. 

What are the risk factors?

Some of the risk factors are:

    • Prostate problems

    • Type 2 diabetes

    • Hypertension

    • Vascular disease and vascular surgery

    • High levels of blood cholesterol

    • Low levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein)

    • Chronic disorders

    • Drugs, Depression

    • Neurogenic disorders

    • Alcohol use

    • Lack of sexual knowledge

    • Age seems to be a strong risk factor.

What are the symptoms?

​Signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Reduced sex drive

  • Unable to get an erection

  • Unable to maintain an erection

  • Premature ejaculation

  • Delayed ejaculation

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be secondary to health issues that affect blood flow to the penis. The issues include hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, it can also be a result of psychological factors such as depression and trauma. 

How do I get tested for erectile dysfunction?

While there is no specific test for erectile dysfunction, your health care provider can diagnose you with ED based on symptoms and health history. Your provider may send you for additional testing if appropriate. 

What therapy options are available for patients with erectile dysfunction?

There are number of treatment options available, your health care provider will discuss these options with you and an appropriate treatment plan will be created. 

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