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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, often referred to as ED, is a medical term that describes the inability to achieve and or maintain an erect penis adequate for sexual function. This condition is one of the most common sexual problems for men and increases with age. It is estimated between 15 to 30 million American men suffer from ED, although not all men are equally distressed by the problem.

Facts about erectile dysfunction

  • Most men with erectile dysfunction still can have an orgasm and father a child, but often have difficulty because they can’t get or sustain an erection.
  • Erectile dysfunction is not normal and is by no means an inevitable consequence of aging.
  • Most men, at one time or another during their sexual lives, are unable to get or keep an erection. This is normal and does not indicate a problem. However, millions of men of all ages experience this inability as a continuing problem.
  • In most cases, erectile dysfunction can be overcome.

Symptoms of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can include:
  • A total inability to achieve an erection – you can never get an erection.
  • An inconsistent ability to do so – you occasionally get an erection.
  • A tendency to sustain only brief erections – you get an erection, but not long enough for satisfying sex.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Treatment may vary depending on the cause of your erectile dysfunction. Decisions regarding treatment should be made between you and your physician, with consideration given to your individual needs and the pros and cons of each treatment options. These may include:

  • Drug therapy. Drugs for treating erectile dysfunction can be taken orally, injected directly into the penis, or inserted into the urethra at the tip of the penis. The most commonly known drug on the market today is Viagra®.
  • Non-drug treatment options. Vacuum devices are an option. Lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, losing weight and eating healthier also can help.
  • Penile implant. A penile implant is a device that is placed into a man’s body and is designed to help him get an erection. There are two basic types of penile implants:
    • Inflatable penile implant
    • Flexible rod penile implant

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