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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms and Causes

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. Erectile dysfunction is more common in older men, but it is not a natural part of aging. Erectile dysfunction not only refers to impotence, but can also refer to curvature of the penis, premature ejaculation and prolonged painful erection not associated with sexual desire.

Symptoms of erectile dysfunction are the inability to maintain an erection firm enough for sex, on an ongoing basis. Other erectile dysfunction symptoms may include trouble getting an erection, trouble keeping an erection and reduced sexual desire.

Common causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • High insulin levels
  • Body fat around the waist
  • High cholesterol
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Low testosterone
  • Peyronie's disease
  • Development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance abuse
  • Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord