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Erectile Dysfunction

Overview - Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a consistent inability to get or maintain an erection prevents you from having satisfying sex. A man with ED either loses his erection before intercourse, gets only a partial erection, or gets no erection at all. ED is sometimes called impotence, but the preferred term is ED.

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Health Problems - Erectile Dysfunction

Various diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), can affect the flow of blood to the penis, while diseases affecting the nervous system can interfere with the body's ability to process sexual stimulation signals.

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Diabetes - Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a common issue in diabetic men -- in fact, research indicates that men with diabetes are four times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction as men without diabetes.

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Radical Prostatectomy - Erectile Dysfunction

In 2003, about 225,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States. Of these men, 45% received treatment by surgical removal of the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy.) The majority of those men who have had this surgery will experience temporary or permanent ED.

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Radiation Therapy - Erectile Dysfunction

Radiation therapy is a well-known cause of ED. Radiation therapy uses high levels of radiation to damage cancer cells' DNA in an effort to destroy them or keep them from growing and dividing, while minimizing damage to the surrounding healthy cells.

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Identifying ED - Erectile Dysfunction

The diagnosis of 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.

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Questions Used in Diagnosing ED - Erectile Dysfunction

What questions do doctors ask when discussing ED with patients? Questions relating to the specific erectile complaint, to medical factors that could be contributing to ED, to psychosocial factors, and prior treatment.

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Self-Injection - Erectile Dysfunction

Oral medications don't work for everyone. Many men may be prescribed medicines that go directly, via injection, into the penis. Injection therapy may use a single drug or a combination of drugs.

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Vacuum Devices - Erectile Dysfunction

Vacuum erection devices (VED), also called vacuum constriction devices (VCD), are commonly used, have been FDA approved and have been utilized for nearly a century in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

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Transurethral Agents - Erectile Dysfunction

Transurethral agents, also called intra-urethral agents, are ED treatments whose mode of administration is insertion into the urine channel, known as the urethra.

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Vascular Surgery - Erectile Dysfunction

Vascular surgery attempts to restore penile blood flow that has been reduced by correcting a blockage or leakage in blood flow to the penis in order to improve a man's ability to get and maintain a natural erection.

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Causes - Erectile Dysfunction

Conditions of Erectile Dysfunction vary over a wide variety of health complications. Principally, ED occurs frequently in those that suffer from obesity; diabetes; heart attacks; radical prostatectomy. Of course ED is not limited to these health conditions and can result from a variety of medical and non-medical related concerns.

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Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction has many causes, both physical and psychological. Initial management for ED depends on the possible cause of the disorder in each individual patient. Treatment options for ED have significantly improved over the past few years and new research and medications continue to increase treatment choices. Treatments offered depend on the expertise of the physician you see.

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MUSE® (aprostadil) Local Erectile Dysfunction Therapy

MUSE® (aprostadil) Local Erectile Dysfunction Therapy

MUSE (Medicated Urethral System for Erection) helps many men who do not respond well to oral medications or prefer not to give themselves injections.

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Common Causes - Erectile Dysfunction

Common causes of ED include physiological disorders like diabetes or a stroke, or psychological issues like relationship problems, performance anxiety, stress (job, family, financial), depression or other mental illnesses.

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Penile Implants - Erectile Dysfunction

Penile prostheses, or penile implants, are an important treatment option for men with ED who have an established medical cause for ED, fail to respond to nonsurgical treatments (such as oral medications, vacuum devices, injection therapy etc.) and who are motivated to have surgery to improve erectile function.

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Questions to ask your provider about ED

Many men find it awkward to talk about their erectile dysfunction for the first time. It can therefore be helpful to write down a few questions to ask your health care provider. We've provided a few common questions about ED to give you a head start.

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Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction

The diagnosis of ED is fairly easy. Determining why ED is occurring, on the other hand, can be more difficult. To accurately identify why a patient is suffering from ED, a medical professional will usually conduct a comprehensive patient interview, followed by a physical examination, and possibly laboratory testing.

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Men’s Adherence to Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Drugs

How can we help patients adhere to their ED medication plan? To answer this question, it’s helpful to consider reasons why they don’t.

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Men with Infertility

A closer look at the extent of sexual problems affecting men with infertility.

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Possible Causes of Early Onset Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Possible Causes of Early Onset Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Younger men develop ED, too. And the causes for this population might be different from those affecting their older counterparts.

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Erection Hardness Score

Erection Hardness Score

The Erection Hardness Score (EHS) can be a helpful tool to evaluate erectile dysfunction (ED) – a man’s inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex.

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Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction

Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction

Study examines whether the degree of curvature and the direction of the curve had any role in vasculogenic ED in men with PD.

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Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

In a recent study Australian researchers considered to what extent might brachytherapy patients experience ED

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Estrogen, Metabolic Syndrome, and Erectile Function

Estrogen, Metabolic Syndrome, and Erectile Function

Estrogen might be more involved with erectile function than scientists thought.

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