Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) (cont.)
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Symptoms of erection problems include being unable to:
Even with an erection problem, a man may still have sexual desire and be able to have an orgasm and to ejaculate.
Most men have erection problems now and then. But when erection problems are lasting, they can affect your self-image, sex life, and relationship. When you have erection problems often, "performance anxiety" can make the problem worse. If you cannot keep an erection that is firm enough for intercourse, or if you have an orgasm before or right after entering your partner (premature ejaculation), you may feel frustrated and believe you aren't pleasing your partner. All of these things could affect how you view your relationship.
Fortunately, many of the things that cause erection problems can be treated.
What Increases Your Risk
Your risk of having an erection problem increases with age. Other things that increase your risk include:
Activities that constrict blood flow to the penis may increase the risk for erection problems. For example, frequent long-distance bicycle riding on a hard, narrow saddle may increase risk. But the possible link between bike riding and erection problems has not been proved. Experts continue to debate this issue.
A vasectomy usually doesn't cause erection problems. But pain after the operation may affect sexual performance for a time. And if a man wasn't comfortable with his decision to have a vasectomy, or if he's having second thoughts, it could affect him psychologically.
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