How to deal with erectile dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction can be a stressful and difficult condition to deal with, for both men and women. Learn more about the causes of ED and what you can do about it.

dysfunctionThe diagnosis of erectile dysfunction (ED) is easy. Determining why ED is occurring, on the other hand, can be more difficult.

Identifying the cause of ED usually begins with a structured interview, followed by a physical examination and possibly laboratory testing. Determining whether a person suffers from ED rather than other sexual problems of ejaculation, orgasm or sexual desire is an essential first step.

Diagnosing erectile dysfunction

Once ED is established, a doctor will determine the nature of it. Finding the cause begins by asking many of the previous questions in order to obtain a medical, sexual and psychological history.

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These questions can be helpful in determining the severity of erectile dysfunction and revealing possible medical conditions or diseases that may be causing, or merely complicating, a man’s ED. Sometimes, a doctor may also ask the patient to complete a questionnaire regarding his sexual function which can confirm the presence of erectile dysfunction. Men who have erectile dysfunction have a hard time getting or maintaining an erection.

Age and erectile dysfunction

Although ED is more common as men age, sexual dysfunction is not a normal part of the aging process. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a wide range of physical, emotional, neurological, hormonal or drug-induced conditions. Depending on the cause of ED, it may require medical care. The condition can be stressful, scary and confusing for both partners, so men should take steps to deal and cope with the situation.

See next page for treatment options and tips on broaching the subject with your wife…

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