Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) (cont.)
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Symptoms of erection problems (erectile dysfunction) 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 occasional erection problems (erectile dysfunction). But when erection problems become persistent, they can affect your self-image, sex life, and relationship. When you have persistent erection problems, "performance anxiety" can make the problem worse. If you cannot maintain an erection that is firm enough for intercourse, or you have an orgasm before or immediately after entering your partner (premature ejaculation), you may feel frustrated and believe you are not pleasing your partner. All of these factors could influence how you view your relationship.
Fortunately, many of the physical and psychological factors that cause erection problems respond to treatment.
What Increases Your Risk
Your risk of having an erection problem (erectile dysfunction) increases with age.
Diseases, physical or psychological problems, and certain activities also may increase your risk.
Diseases that affect blood vessels include:
Diseases or procedures that affect nerves include:
Other conditions include:
Injuries or treatment include:
Medicines and other substances that increase your risk include:
Psychological risk factors include:
Activities that constrict blood flow to the penis—such as frequent long-distance bicycle riding on a hard, narrow saddle—may increase a man's risk of developing an erection problem. But experts continue to debate this issue.
A vasectomy usually does not cause erection problems. But pain after the operation may affect sexual performance for a time, and if a man was not comfortable with his decision to have a vasectomy, or is having second thoughts, it could affect him psychologically.
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