Having erection trouble from time to time isn't necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection also can be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease down the road.
What is erectile dysfunctionErectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.
Erectile dysfunction is also defined as difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection sufficient enough to have sex.
Symptoms of erectile dysfunctionErectile dysfunction symptoms might include persistent:
➡️Trouble getting an erection
➡️Trouble keeping an erection
➡️Reduced sexual desire
Causes of erectile dysfunctionThere are many possible causes for erectile dysfunction and they can include both psychological and physical disorders. Some common causes are:
➡️damage from cancer or surgery
➡️obesity or being overweight
Treatment of erectile dysfunction
Oral medicationsThe following medications stimulate blood flow to your penis to help treat erectile dysfunction:
Psychological counselingIf your erectile dysfunction is caused by stress, anxiety or depression — or the condition is creating stress and relationship tension, your care giver might suggest that you, or you and your partner, visit a psychologist or counselor.
Healthy lifestyle habits may prevent erectile dysfunction, and in some situations reverse the condition:
Lifestyle changes and diet
➡️Maintain a low blood pressure.
➡️Eat a balanced/nutritious diet.
➡️Maintain a healthy weight.
➡️Avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
➡️Reduce your stress.
Prevention of erectile dysfunctionThe best way to prevent erectile dysfunction is to make healthy lifestyle choices and to manage any existing health conditions. For example:
➡️Work with your healthcare provider to manage diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health conditions.
➡️See your care giver for regular checkups and medical screening tests.
➡️Limit or avoid alcohol
➡️Don't use illegal drugs.
➡️Take steps to reduce stress.
➡️Get help for anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns
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