Overview

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is not a disease, but a symptom of some other problem – physical, psychological or a mixture of both.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Erectile Dysfunction?

You may have ED if you regularly have:

Trouble getting an erection

Trouble getting an erection

Difficulty maintaining an erection during sex

Difficulty maintaining an erection during sex

Reduced interest in sex

Reduced interest in sex

Causes

What are the causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Physical erectile dysfunction happens over a period of months or years, and is often a gradual loss of function. If erections still occur spontaneously overnight or in the morning, the problem may be psychological.

The causes of erectile dysfunction may be due to:

Physical illness – conditions that affect blood flow in the penis e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and multiple sclerosis

Physical illness – conditions that affect blood flow in the penis e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and multiple sclerosis

Psychological factors – stress

Psychological factors – stress

Psychiatric conditions - depression, anxiety

Psychiatric conditions - depression, anxiety

Medications – prescribed medicines to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and psychiatric disorders, and prostate disease

Medications – prescribed medicines to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression and psychiatric disorders, and prostate disease

Smoking

Smoking

Excessive alcohol intake

Excessive alcohol intake

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Erectile Dysfunction?

To diagnose erectile dysfunction, your doctor is likely to ask you about your medical history, perform a physical exam or request the following tests:

Full blood count (FBC)

Full blood count (FBC)

Male hormone profile

Male hormone profile

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