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Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, means not being capable to get or keep an erection that is enough for sexual intercourse. Many men have erectile dysfunction at some time in their lives. It can come and go.

It is estimated erectile dysfunction have an effect on about 1 million men in Australia. It is much more common in older men. Erectile dysfunction can have a variety of causes, both physical and psychological.

Physical factors that can cause erectile dysfunction include:

  • high blood pressure
  • under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
  • alcohol
  • some medicines
  • cardiovascular disease
  • general aging
  • diabetes
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • prostate disease

Psychological factors that can cause erectile dysfunction include:

  • unresolved problems, conflicts or matter within a sexual and emotional relationship
  • anxiety about sexual performance (this is most common at the start of a new relationship, if a man has had previous problems with sexual performance)
  • depression

It is common for a man who is impotent to be affect by a combination of physical and psychological causes.

Erectile dysfunction treatments

Your doctor will earliest treat any health conditions that may be causing your erectile dysfunction.

You may need treatment for both physical and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction. It can usually be managed, so you can expect a positive result from treatment. For physical causes, your doctor will generally suggest medication. Other treatment options such as a penis pump, implants or surgery are only considered if medication does not work. Treating erectile dysfunction that is reason by psychological factors could involve counseling, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, or sex therapy undertaken with your partner.

Medicines bought on the internet may be of poor class and may enclose ingredients that are not safe when taken in combination with other medicines you are on. They may also be unsafe due to other health problems you have.

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