What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to have or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual activity.
What Are The Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction?
There are many different causes ranging from physical disorders, mental health disorders, and medications.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Impotence?
Difficulty having an erection, maintaining erection and decreased libido.
What Are The Risk Factors Of Impotence?
Some risk factors include:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Tobacco use
- History of prostate surgery
How Is ED Diagnosed?
ED is usually diagnosed clinically by a provider. Sometimes lab tests such as testosterone levels may be checked as well.
Are There Preventative Steps Or Measures To Avoid Erectile Dysfunction?
Treating underlying conditions that cause or worsen ED is very important. Making sure conditions like diabetes and hypertension are well managed, stopping smoking and excessive alcohol intake.
What Are The Risks If Impotence Is Left Untreated?
ED can lead to significant stress and depression and difficulty trying to get pregnant among other things.
What Are The Possible Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction?
Oral ED treatments are very effective. These drugs are typically PDE5 inhibitors and work by blocking an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5. Sometimes testosterone replacement is given if your numbers are low. Other treatments include implants or pumps.