Erectile Dysfunction

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About Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability for men to achieve or maintain a penile erection.  ED does not affect the ability to have an orgasm but may inhibit the ability to have sexual intercourse.  Occasionally, some men may have difficulty having an erection when desired but is generally not a reason for concern unless it continues to happen consistently. Typical symptoms of ED (male impotence), include difficulty achieving a full erection, maintaining an erection, and decreased libido (sex interest or drive).  An erection requires several functions in body to work, which is why ED may be a significant indicator that something else may be wrong or not working well.  Physical causes of ED include heart disease, atherosclerosis (a condition of the arteries), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and more.  Medication is most prescribed for ED.

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About Erectile Dysfunction and treatment at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute.