Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection sufficient to allow sexual intercourse. Most men will experience a failure of erection at some time in their lives; only patients with persistent erection difficulties are considered to have ED.
In older men, ED is more likely due to a chronic medical condition like diabetes, hypertension, spinal cord injury or a neurological disorder, like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. It can also be a side effect of medication, like those taken for high blood pressure or heart disease. In younger men, ED is more likely psychological, related to stress or anxiety.
Treatment of ED will depend on the cause: ED patients with diabetes, for instance, need to have their sugar controlled, while ED due to medication is managed by withdrawing the medication or making dosage adjustments. Treatment options for patients with ED include drugs like sildenafil, vardenafil and tedalafil, penile injections, vacuum devices and surgery. Consult your urologist.