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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common type of male sexual dysfunction. It is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. ED becomes more common as you get older. But it’s not a natural part of aging.
Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. If you don’t see your doctor, these problems will go untreated.
ED can also be caused by psychological problems, such as anxiety or depression.
Signs and symptoms
You may have ED if you:
- regularly have trouble getting or keeping an erection
- are concerned about your erections
Some men with ED have trouble getting an erection at all. Others get one, but it’s not hard enough for sex.
ED is often caused by something physical, such as:
- an injury to the area between the stomach and groin
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- kidney disease
- nerve damage from prostate surgery
- Parkinson’s disease
ED can also be caused by a psychological problem. These include:
There are many treatments for ED. These include:
- changes in lifestyle, such as quitting smoking or losing weight
- drugs, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), or vardenafil (Levitra)
You and your doctor can decide which is the best treatment for you.