Are you having a problem getting or keeping an erection? This is called erectile dysfunction (ED). Many men have ED sometime during their lives. It can be discouraging, but it can also be treated. Read on to learn more about ED. Share the information on this page with your partner if you can. And work with your doctor to find the best treatment for you. In most cases, ED is a problem that men don't have to live with.
Any man can experience ED at any time during his adult life. An erection problem may happen once in a while, or all the time. Either way, your doctors can help. You might visit your regular doctor. Or you may be referred to an urologist (a doctor who specializes in the urinary tract and the male sexual organs).
To find the cause of your ED, your doctor will evaluate you. Knowing the cause will help your doctor choose a treatment. Causes of ED may include:
Using certain medications, such as sedatives, tranquilizers, blood pressure medications, or diuretics
Smoking tobacco or marijuana
Drinking too much alcohol
Injury to nerves or blood vessels
Having an illness, such as diabetes, alcoholism, depression, or a prostate problem
Feeling stress over a recent hardship or lifestyle change
ED Can Be Treated
Based on your evaluation, you and your doctor will discuss your treatment options. Your partner can meet with your doctor, too. Together, you'll decide on treatment. Your treatment options may include:
New treatments for ED are being studied. These include new medications, gels, and patches. So stay in contact with your doctor. If your symptoms persist, he or she may be able to adjust your current treatment or prescribe something new.