Erectile Dysfunction: Overview

Erectile dysfunction is any disorder (dysfunction) of the erection of the male penis. This is more commonly called Impotence. There may be a difficult achieving an erection, maintaining an erection, or some combination. Also closely related is Premature Ejaculation, which may occur together. Causes of erectile dysfunction include physical disorders, emotional issues, and certain diseases such as nerve disorders (neuropathy) or libido disorders. Other causes include surgical complications (e.g. prostate surgery) or medication side-effects. An important diagnostic question is whether erections occur at any time (e.g. morning erection) versus nerve occurring at all. Also important is the evaluation of emotional and relationship status, along with any other causes of low libido.

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