Erectile dysfunction(ED) is the inability of getting or keeping the erection firm during sexual intercourse. It is also referred as impotence, in common language. ED sometimes can be quite common in men, but experiencing it frequently indicates health problems. Such problems require instant medical attention.

It should be noted that all the sexual problems that are suffered by men do not come under ED. In accordance with the survey conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and kidney disease, about 30 million men in America are affected by this problem. Age plays a major role and it has been found that ED affects men, mostly in old age that is in their 50s or 60s.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:

With the increase in the flow of the blood to the penis, an erection occurs. Sexual excitement relaxes the muscles in the penis and hence increases the blood flow causing it to erect. If there is any problem in the erection process, ED can occur.

Following are some of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease 
  • Injuries
  • Damage due to surgery or cancer
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol intake
  • Drug addiction
  • Smoking

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

The only symptom of Erectile dysfunction is the inability to have an erection to enable intercourse. There are no other symptoms of it.


ED is treatable. Many patients feel embarrassed to discuss their problem and opt for home treatments or medicines online. But this is not safe at all. A proper medical consultation is necessary to diagnose it. You must continue the treatment until the complete problem is resolved. Generally, a physical examination is conducted by the doctor. Visual inspection can also be conducted to check out whether any external injury is causing such problem or not. Further, a blood test can also be recommended to check the glucose level in the blood.

Following are some other tests that the doctors may also recommend for detecting the cause of the ED:

  • Ultrasound
  • ECG
  • Urine test 

Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

It is very necessary to identify the reason behind ED. This will help you to take proper medication. Some oral medications are also available to improve erection. Walking, acupuncture, herbal Viagra, exercises are some of the natural ways to treat this problem. However, it is recommended to follow the advice of your doctor.

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