Nearly every man at some point has a problem getting or keeping an erection. There could be any number of reasons for it, ranging from fatigue or stress to side effects of a new medicine. But as long as it's temporary and only happens occasionally, an erection problem is not generally a cause for concern. Some men, however, especially as they get older, experience a more frequent and longer lasting problem with erection known as erectile dysfunction or ED.
ED refers to a man's inability to get or keep an erection that's firm enough for sex. Although ED is more common in older men, aging is not the cause. In nearly 75% of cases of erectile dysfunction there is a physical reason for the erection problem.
Erectile dysfunction is a reason to consult a doctor. Unfortunately, some men are reluctant or embarrassed to discuss sexual matters with their doctor. As a result, they don't get the help that could resolve their problem with ED, or worse, they miss the opportunity to discover and address a potentially serious health issue.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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