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Erectile dysfunction is far more common than most people suspect. It affects at least 30 million American males. Erectile dysfunction is the term commonly used to describe an inability to obtain or to sustain an erection required for satisfactory sexual activity. However, the term also includes disorders such as prolonged, painful erections not associated with sexual function (priapism), premature ejaculation and curvature of the penis during erection (Peyronie's disease).
Erectile dysfunction can occur at any age, but is far more common in men over the age of 65. Erectile dysfunction is only considered problematic if it occurs often. All men experience occasional episodes of erectile dysfunction and changes with rigidity and frequency of erections as they age. This is normal. When it becomes a frequent and ongoing problem, it is considered problematic. Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by both physical and emotional problems. Regardless of the causes, doctor's now have a variety of treatments to offer those suffering from the problem.
Signs of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is the frequent and ongoing pattern of an inability to obtain or sustain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual activity. Some signs of erectile dysfunction include:
- An inability to get an erection
- An inability to maintain an erection
- The frequent or occasional inability to get a full erection
If these symptoms persist for a period of 1 or 2 months, consult a doctor.
For more information about erectile dysfunction and it's treatment, read through the Mayo Clinic's erectile dysfunction pages. The National Institutes of Health offers excellent information about erectile dysfunction and it's causes and treatments.
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