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Erectile Dysfunction

Also called: ED, impotence

Occurs when a man can't get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition. It can cause stress, relationship strain, and low self-confidence. The main symptom is a man's inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction should first be evaluated for any underlying physical and psychological conditions. If treatment of the underlying conditions doesn't help, medications and assistive devices, such as pumps, can be prescribed.



Symptoms

Usually self-diagnosable

The main symptom is a man's inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.

People may experience:

  • Sexual: sexual dysfunction or reduced sex drive
  • Also common: soft erections, trouble getting an erection, trouble maintaining an erection, or anxiety

Treatments

Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction should first be evaluated for any underlying physical and psychological conditions. If treatment of the underlying conditions doesn't help, medications and assistive devices, such as pumps, can be prescribed.

Therapies

Vasodilator: Widens blood vessels.

  • Tadalafil (Cialis and Adcirca) Vardenafil (Levitra and Staxyn)
  • Avanafil (Stendra)
  • Sildenafil (Viagra and Revatio)

Hormone therapy:
Affects body processes by regulating the activity of the organs.

  • Testosterone (Axiron, Androgel, Delatestryl, Testim, Testopel, Fortesta, Striant, Natesto, Vogelxo, Aveed, Depo-Testosterone, and Androderm)

Self-care

Physical exercise: Aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes 5 days a week improves cardiovascular health.

If injured, pursuing an activity that avoids the injured muscle group or joint can help maintain physical function while recovering.

Smoking cessation: Quitting smoking tobacco.

Specialists

Primary care provider (PCP): Prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases.

Clinical psychologist: Treats mental disorders primarily with talk therapy.

Psychiatrist: Treats mental disorders primarily with medications.

Urologist: Treats urinary tract diseases.

Consult a doctor for medical advice


Note: The information you see describes what usually happens with a medical condition, but doesn't apply to everyone. This information isn't medical advice, so make sure to contact a healthcare provider if you have a medical problem. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or a emergency number immediately.

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