Erectile dysfunction (ED) or male impotence is when a man is unable to attain or sustain and erection that allows sexual activity. It is not a disease but a symptom of some other problem. An Australian survey showed that at least one in five men over the age of 40 years has erectile problems and about one in ten men are completely unable to have erections.
ED may be caused by physical, hormonal or psychological factors or both. Sometimes there is no clear reason for the erectile dysfunction.
Psychological factors – such as depression, low self esteem, stress, performance anxiety, relationship problems, employment and financial pressure.
Physical factors – diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking, sleep apnoea, alcohol and some medicines.
Hormonal factors – book in to see your doctor to check your hormone levels.
Treatments for ED
Treat the underlying problem. Physical and psychological issues need to be addressed. See your doctor for further advice.
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