What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (commonly known as ED) was often called impotence, but the term impotence is non-specific and best not used. It is the failure to get an erection, or keep an erection long enough for satisfactory sexual activity. It isn’t a disease, but a symptom of some other problem, either physical, psychological or a mixture of both.

An occasional failure to get or keep an erection should not be cause for concern. Occasional erectile dysfunction is normal. Some of the causes include alcohol and drug use, anxiety and tiredness.. However, if the problem persists, it is important to consult with your doctor – partly because erectile dysfunction can be a clue to another health problem, such as heart disease or diabetes, and partly because it is easier to treat if tackled early.

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