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A man has erectile dysfunction (ED) when he routinely can't get or keep an erection that allows satisfactory sex. He may not be able to have an erection at any time. Or he may not be able to have one that is firm enough or lasts long enough to complete intercourse.
ED is not the same as having trouble getting an erection now and then. That's common. It happens to most men at some time.
ED can be caused by problems with the blood vessels, nerves, or hormones. It can be caused by diabetes, heart disease, and injuries. Nerve disorders, such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease, can also cause it.
ED can also be caused by medicines, alcohol, and tobacco. Or it may be caused by depression, stress, grief, or relationship problems.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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