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Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is the inability for a man to sustain a firm enough erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse.  Impotence can be caused by many psychological as well as physical conditions.  ED can be also caused by side effects of medications.

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Diagnosing erectile dysfunction ED

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Before diagnosing erectile dysfunction (ED), your GP will ask you about your symptoms, your overall physical and mental health, your alcohol consumption, whether you take drugs, and whether you are currently taking any medication.

What are the symptoms of erectile dysfunction ED?

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Sometimes, erectile dysfunction (ED) only occurs in certain situations. For example, you may be able to obtain an erection during masturbation, or you may find that you sometimes wake up with an erection.

What are the causes of erectile dysfunction ED?

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To understand more about the possible causes of erectile dysfunction (ED) it is useful to know how erections occur.

How common is erectile dysfunction?

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ED is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between 40 and 70 years of age will experience ED at least once.

Medicinal causes of erectile dysfunction

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In some men, a number of medicines can cause ED, including those that are listed below.

What is erectile dysfunction?

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Erectile dysfunction or impotence, is a condition that describes the inability for a penis to gain or maintain stiffness (erection) long enough to have sexual...

Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction ED

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ED can often have both physical and psychological causes. For example, if you have diabetes, it may be difficult for you to get an erection, which may cause you to become anxious about the situation.

Physical causes of erectile dysfunction ED

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There are four main types of health condition that can cause ED. These are described below.

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Erectile Dysfunction and Depression in men

Sexual dysfunction is twice as likely for men with depression. Depression in men can cause sexual problems such as loss in desire, erectile dysf...

Why does heart disease cause impotence?

Erectile dysfunction was previously considered a psychological problem, which is still a valid cause in some men. However, many studies have linked...

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