Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It’s also sometimes referred to as impotence.
Occasional ED isn’t uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. Frequent ED can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional.
You may have erectile dysfunction if you regularly have:
- trouble getting an erection
- difficulty maintaining an erection during sexual activities
- reduced interest in sex
Other sexual disorders related to ED include:
- premature ejaculation
- delayed ejaculation
- anorgasmia, which is the inability to achieve orgasm after ample stimulation
There are many possible causes for ED, and they can include both emotional and physical disorders. Some common causes are:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Damage from cancer or Surgery
- Obesity or being overweight
- Increased age
- Relationship problems
- Drug use
- Alcohol use
ED can be caused by only one of these factors or several. That’s why it’s important to work with your doctor so that they can rule out or treat any underlying medical conditions.