Senior Citizens - Options for Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for men, especially as they get older. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 5%...Read More
ED Causes Symptoms And Treatment
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection. Men with erectile dysfunction experience sexual problems, including difficulties in achieving or maintaining erections.
ED can have psychological consequences as it can be tied to relationship difficulties and self-image. The good news is that ED is often treatable. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, “nearly all men will experience occasional erectile dysfunction at some point.”
Causes of ED
There are many potential causes of erectile dysfunction, both physical and psychological. Physical causes include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Injury to the nerves or arteries in the pelvis or penis
- Kidney disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Pelvic surgery (prostate, bladder, or colon)
- Peyronie’s disease (scar tissue in the penis)
- Physical problems with the penis or testicles
- Spinal cord injury
- Tobacco use
Psychological causes include:
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
Symptoms of ED
The primary symptom of erectile dysfunction is the inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual performance. A man with erectile dysfunction may sometimes have trouble getting an erection, but he may also have times when he can have an erection but cannot sustain it long enough for sexual intercourse.
Other symptoms include:
- Decreased interest in sex
- Inability to have an orgasm
To diagnose erectile dysfunction, your doctor will ask about your sexual history and your symptoms. He or she will also want to know about your health history, including any other health conditions that may be causing your erectile dysfunction.
Your doctor will likely do a physical exam, which may include taking your blood pressure, feeling your pulse, and examining your penis and testicles. If your doctor suspects a physical cause for your erectile dysfunction, he or she may refer you to a speCialist for further evaluation.
There are many potential treatments for erectile dysfunction, both physical and psychological. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Hormone therapy
- Penile implants
- Vacuum devices
Your doctor will likely recommend a combination of treatments, depending on the underlying cause of your erectile dysfunction.
You may be able to reduce your risk of erectile dysfunction by making lifestyle choices that help to keep