Erectile dysfunction or impotence occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for
sexual intercourse. Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. But if
erectile dysfunction is an ongoing problem, it may cause stress, cause relationship problems or affect your self confidence.
Even though it may seem awkward to talk with your doctor about erectile dysfunction, go in for an evaluation. Problems getting or keeping an erection can be a sign of a health condition that needs treatment, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. Treating an underlying problem may be enough to reverse your erectile dysfunction.If treating an underlying condition doesn’t help your erectile dysfunction, medications or other direct treatments may work.
Erectile dysfunction symptoms may include persistent:
Trouble getting an erection
Trouble keeping an erection
Reduced sexual desire
When to see a doctor
A family doctor is a good place to start when you have erectile problems. See your doctor if, erectile dysfunction or other sexual problems are an issue for you or your partner ,you have diabetes, heart disease or another known health problem that may be linked to erectile dysfunction , you have other symptoms along with erectile dysfunction that may not seem related.