Erectile dysfunction is when a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection to meet the sexual needs of himself or his partner. It can occur as the complete inability to achieve erection, only maintain brief erections, or the inconsistent occurrence of normal erections. Most men experience this at least once in their lives and are not affected by it. However, some men experience chronic occurrence of erectile dysfunction to the extent that it interferes with their personal lives and mental well-being.
Temporary causes of erectile dysfunction include alcohol, being too tired, depression or stress. Erectile dysfunction does become more common as men age but is not a normal part of aging. Sometimes erectile dysfunction is caused by a medical condition, such as poor blood flow due to a blocked artery or as a side effect of a medication.
Occasional difficulty having or maintaining an erection is not an immediate cause for concern. If a man is only experiencing this issue every once in awhile, he may not need treatment. However, if it’s happening frequently, it is worth speaking to a doctor about treatment options. DFW Urology Consultants specializes in diagnosing and treating erectile dysfunction cases with many causes.
There are many treatments available for erectile dysfunction, depending on the underlying causes of the condition. Treatments may include lifestyle changes, medication, therapy and devices to assist an erection.
While not all causes of erectile dysfunction are preventable, many lifestyle and health factors can contribute to the occurrence of this condition. Common lifestyle changes that can affect erectile dysfunction include smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, drug and alcohol use, high cholesterol and stress and anxiety. Leading a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and self-care can go a long way toward preventing erectile dysfunction.
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