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How Do I Know If I Have Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (also called impotence) is the most prevalent sexual problem that men consult with their physician to identify and treat. It affects nearly as many as thirty million men worldwide. ED is often defined as difficulty maintaining or getting an erection that is firm enough to have sex. With psychological or stress-related reasons.


There are many reasons why men may be unable to achieve and maintain an erection. The usual causes are age, injury to the penis, hormonal changes, and illness. Some other causes of ED can be from a lack of sperm, smoking, drugs, and alcoholism. A treatment for erectile dysfunction can be as simple as the use of a swab, a penile device, or medication. There are also herbal remedies and penis exercises that help improve erectile function.

There are many ways to treat erectile dysfunction. For minor cases, there are a number of over the counter medications that your doctor may suggest. These include medications used to treat high blood pressure, cholesterol, and asthma. The most popular method of treatment for ED is to treat the underlying medical condition causing it. When this is not possible, prescription medications are sometimes recommended.


Many prescription medications, such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, can be very effective. They treat the physical problem, but not the psychological causes. If ED is caused by a psychological disorder, these prescription medications cannot provide long term treatment. Your doctor will need to do surgery or prescription drugs to treat your ED.

There are some conditions that are considered “pre-existing.” If your physician has determined that one of these conditions is present, then he may consider prescribing one of the listed side effects of the medication. Examples of pre-existing conditions that may require treatment with prescription medications include diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypertension, and hyperthyroidism. If your physician has determined that you are one of these patients, he will tell you what medications to take and which to avoid. You will also be given information about any potential side effects from taking these drugs.


Before beginning treatment for erectile dysfunction, it is a good idea to learn about the medical history of your partner. Has he had any past sexual problems? Does your partner take any other medications that may affect his health? Has he suffered from any depression or heart problems? Knowing the medical history of both you and your partner will help your doctor develop a treatment plan that includes all of the necessary factors.

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