Also called: ED and impotence
Occurs when a man can't get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging rarely required
- Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
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.
Very common: More than 3 million US cases per year
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