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Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

A kind of sexual dysfunction that affect men is generally termed as erectile dysfunction or causesoferitilediffusionimpotence. As a result, the person will not be able to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual intercourse. The term or condition is familiar for most of the people in the current society. It can be considered as one of the main causes for infertility issues. Studies have also found another surprising fact that, worse erectile dysfunction may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease and ischemic heart disease etc. All these tend to recommend an early test and diagnosis for mild and moderate levels of erectile dysfunction in individuals. Before that, it is vital that you must understand what is erectile dysfunction and how could you identify it.



When a man fails to keep and erection strong enough for a sexual intercourse can be considered as erectile dysfunction. It can be a sign of any health or mental disorder that can be treatable with proper care. Erectile dysfunction can be completely cured by treating the underlying health issue. If it doesn't work well, you can go for medication or direct treatments for erectile dysfunction. The issue itself is the main symptom and from that you will be able to understand whether you have erectile dysfunction or not. You may have persistent symptoms such as:

  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Trouble getting an erection and
  • Trouble in keeping the erection for long

Most of the individuals hesitate to discuss these kinds of issues with anyone, even with the doctor. If you do not consider them seriously at the early stage itself, your health will be affected badly.

There can be different causes that may develop erectile dysfunction in men. They may even act vice versa by worsening the erectile problem. Some of the common causes may include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High cholesterol
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcoholism etc.

There are other health issues that causes erectile dysfunction in men. Despite physical causes, mental problems may also induce erectile dysfunction. Psychological causes such as:

  • Stress
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Other mental health conditions etc.

If left untreated, it can cause troubles to your health as well as life. The underlying causes for erectile dysfunction can be detected through tests such as:

  • Physical examinations
  • Urine test
  • Ultrasound
  • Psychological exam
  • Overnight erectile test
  • Blood tests etc.


Choosing the right treatment is always important as it affects your overall health and lifestyle. Varieties of treatment options are available for treating erectile dysfunction. It may vary depending upon the severity and other factors of the issue. Oral medications such as Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil), Levitra (Vardenafil). These medicines help the muscles in the penis to relax and thereby increase the blood flow. This allows you to have an erection on time. Even though all these oral medicines work in the same way, the dosage and applications may vary accordingly. They may have possible side effects. So, it is necessary to know everything about the complications before you use them.

Other medications for erectile dysfunction may include:

  • Alprostadil penis suppository
  • Testosterone replacement and
  • Alprostadil self-injection

If these medication do not work for you, the doctor may even suggests surgeries, implants or pumps for you such as:

  • Penile implants
  • Penis pumps
  • Blood vessel surgery etc.

Some may do not require other treatments rather than a psychological treatment. Erectile dysfunction caused due to mental stress, depression, anxiety etc. can be cured with psychological counselling. It is necessary to cure erectile dysfunction as sexual life plays a very crucial role in a healthy marital relationship.

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