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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, which is also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection. It is a common condition that affects millions of men; it is estimated that half of the men in the UK aged between 40 and 70 have erectile dysfunction to some degree, but it can affect men of all ages. Although the risk does increase with age, erectile dysfunction shouldn’t be seen as a consequence of ageing.

Many men experience this condition during times of stress. However, frequent dysfunction may be a sign of underlying medical conditions that require treatment. Sometimes it is due to the relationship and emotional difficulties which require the attention of a specialist.

There are many causes for erectile dysfunction ranging from underlining health conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol), hormonal problems, previous surgery and injury through to psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and relationship issues. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis and identify the cause of the appropriate treatment to be recommended.

Other causes include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, cardiovascular diseases or hyperlipidemia. Smoking, anxiety, use of drugs and ageing are also possible triggers for erectile dysfunction.

Ageing increases the risk of getting erectile dysfunction. However, difficulties getting an erection in old age cannot be entirely associated with this condition.

Common symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction include reduced sexual interest, difficulties maintaining an erection and failure to get an erection. You should consult a specialist if you observe any of these symptoms. The doctor will investigate the underlying medical conditions causing this problem.

The doctor will inquire about your medical history and the symptoms. Subsequent tests will be carried out to investigate if the symptoms originate from an underlying medical condition. 

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