What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It’s also sometimes referred to as impotence.
Occasional ED isn’t uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. Frequent ED can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional.
Not all male sexual problems are caused by ED. Other types of male sexual dysfunction include:
- premature ejaculation
- delayed or absent ejaculation
- lack of interest in sex
Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem that needs to be diagnosed correctly, to find what causes it so that you get the appropriate treatment.
Discussing ED with your family doctor or urologist may be uncomfortable, but it is important to do so. Together you can discuss which treatment is right for you.
This section lists the different tests your doctor may need to assess your situation. It offers general information about the diagnosis of ED. Keep in mind that situations can vary in different countries.
Your doctor will take a medical history to understand your general state of health. As part of the medical history your doctor will ask about any other conditions you may have.
Your doctor may ask you:
- If you take any medication
- If you smoke
- When and how much you drink
- If you drink much coffee or alcohol
- If you use recreational drugs on a regular basis
- If you ever had pelvic surgery
- If you have any heart and/or vascular problems
- If you have hormonal disorders
- If you have any psychologicalproblems
What are the Symptoms of ED?
You may have erectile dysfunction if you regularly have:
- trouble getting an erection
- difficulty maintaining an erection during sexual activities
- reduced interest in sex
Other sexual disorders related to ED include:
- premature ejaculation
- delayed ejaculation
- anorgasmia, which is the inability to achieve orgasm after ample stimulation
You should talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they’ve lasted for two or more months. Your doctor can determine if your sexual disorder is caused by an underlying condition that requires treatment.
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