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Understanding the Causes and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man cannot get or keep an erection. ED can be a problem with blood flow to the penis, and it's one of the most common sexual problems for men.

It affects up to 30% of men at some point in their lives, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). It often happens right before or during sex, but not always.

The main cause of erectile dysfunction is atherosclerosis--when arteries become narrowed because they've been damaged by high cholesterol levels and other factors such as smoking or diabetes mellitus (diabetes). Other causes include:

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

There are many causes of erectile dysfunction, including:

Who Is At Risk For Developing Erectile Dysfunction?

What Are The Symptoms Of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that can affect men of all ages. It's not a normal part of aging and it's not necessarily linked to other health issues, but there are some risk factors that you should be aware of.

Symptoms may include:

How Is Erectile Dysfunction Treated?

Men With ED Need Not Suffer In Silence

While erectile dysfunction can be a difficult disorder to live with, it is not the end of the world. There are many effective treatments for erectile dysfunction, and you do not have to suffer in silence.

Talking about your concerns with your doctor is one way to get help for your condition. Your doctor can tell you about treatment options or refer you to another specialist who can provide more specialized care. You should also talk with other men who have experienced ED so that they can share their experiences and provide support when needed (see Resources).

It's important not only that men know about these treatments but also that they seek them early enough so as not to let their problem become worse over time--and so they don't feel alone in their struggle against this common condition!


Men with ED need not suffer in silence. There are many ways to treat the condition, and most men who seek treatment find that it improves their quality of life significantly. 

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