Erection problems can be a sign of an underlying health problem that needs treatment.
The clinical gem of the day: erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is firm enough for sex.
- Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health problem that needs treatment and is a risk factor for heart disease.
- Symptoms may include difficulty getting an erection, difficulty maintaining an erection, and decreased sexual desire.
- Erectile dysfunction can be caused by abnormalities in the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels.
- Risk factors may include certain drug conditions, such as heart disease, smoking, being overweight, injuries, and medications.
- Processing may include medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), and avanafil (Stendra).
- Other medicines may include Alprostadil self-injection, Alprostadil urethral suppository, and testosterone replacement.
- Finally, the devices can also be used as treatment options, which can include a penis pump and penile implants.
Erectile dysfunction – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic
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