“Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which you are unable to get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse”.1

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What may the Sexual Health and Erectile Dysfunction Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Impotence
  • Male Impotence

Definition

What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?

DotS the definition of ED may vary. The (United States) National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ (NIDDK) definition is:

“Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which you are unable to get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED can be a short-term or long-term problem. You have ED when you

  • Can get an erection sometimes, but not every time you want to have sex
  • Can get an erection, but it does not last long enough for fulfilling or satisfactory sex
  • Are unable to get an erection at any time”.2

Impotence

Is ED sometimes called impotence?

The NIDDK explain:

“ED is sometimes called impotence, but health care professionals use this term less often now so it won’t be confused with other, nonmedical meanings of the word”.3

Common or Not

How common is ED?

In Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Definition & Facts for Erectile Dysfunction – How Common Is Erectile Dysfunction? according to 2012 statistics quoted by the NIDDK:

“ED is very common. It affects about 30 million men in the United States”.4

In Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence) according to the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service):

“Erection problems (impotence) are very common, particularly in men over 40”.5

Concern or Not

Is ED a concern?

In Erectile Dysfunction: Symptoms & Causes – Overview [+ Images] the (United States) Mayo Clinic explain:

“Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease”.6

Aging

Is there an association between ED and aging?

In Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Definition & Facts for Erectile Dysfunction – Who Is More Likely To Develop Erectile Dysfunction? the NIDDK elaborate on:

“You are more likely to develop ED if you

  • Are older
  • Have certain diseases or conditions
  • Take certain medicines
  • Have certain psychological or emotional issues
  • Have certain health-related factors or behaviors, such as overweight or smoking”.7

Cause

What causes ED?

In Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Symptoms & Causes of Erectile Dysfunction – What Causes Erectile Dysfunction? the NIDDK elaborate on:

“Many different factors affecting your vascular system, nervous system, and endocrine system can cause or contribute to ED.

Although you are more likely to develop ED as you age, aging does not cause ED. ED can be treated at any age”.8

In Erectile Dysfunction: Symptoms & Causes – Causes [+ Images] the Mayo Clinic elaborate on physical causes, psychological causes and risk factors and also note:

“Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these. Likewise, stress and mental health concerns can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction”.9

Cause: Medicines and Drugs

Can some medicines and drugs cause ED?

In Drugs That May Cause Impotence the (United States) MedlinePlus list “some medicines and drugs that may cause impotence in men”.

Treatment

How is ED treated?

In Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence): Treatment for Erection Problems Depends on the Cause the NHS elaborate on:

“Treatments for erectile dysfunction are usually effective and the problem often goes away.

There are also specific treatments for some of the causes of erectile dysfunction”.10

In Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction: How Can I Treat Erectile Dysfunction? the NIDDK explain different options and in Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction: How Do Doctors Treat Erectile Dysfunction? the NIDDK elaborate on:

  • “Change your medicines…
  • Prescribe medicines you take by mouth…
  • Prescribe injectable medicines and suppositories…
  • Discuss alternative medicines…”.11

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What if I think I have ED or I think my partner has ED?

If you think you have ED or you think your partner has ED, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Erectile Dysfunction: Summary the (United States) MedlinePlus elaborate on:

“Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. If you don’t see your doctor, these problems will go untreated.

Your doctor can offer several new treatments for ED. For many men, the answer is as simple as taking a pill. Getting more exercise, losing weight, or stopping smoking may also help”.12

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  1. Erectile Dysfunction: Symptoms & Causes – Overview. 27 March 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes/syc-20355776 Accessed: 20 October 2020
  2. Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Definition & Facts for Erectile Dysfunction – What Is Erectile Dysfunction? July 2017. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/definition-facts Accessed: 20 October 2020
  3. Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Definition & Facts for Erectile Dysfunction – Does Erectile Dysfunction Have Another Name? July 2017. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/definition-facts Accessed: 20 October 2020
  4. Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Definition & Facts for Erectile Dysfunction – How Common Is Erectile Dysfunction? July 2017. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/definition-facts Accessed: 20 October 2020
  5. Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence). Page Last Reviewed: 26 August 2020. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/erection-problems-erectile-dysfunction/ Accessed: 20 October 2020
  6. Erectile Dysfunction: Symptoms & Causes – Overview. 27 March 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes/syc-20355776 Accessed: 20 October 2020
  7. Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Definition & Facts for Erectile Dysfunction – Who Is More likely To Develop Erectile Dysfunction? July 2017. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/definition-facts Accessed: 20 October 2020
  8. Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Symptoms & Causes of Erectile Dysfunction – What Causes Erectile Dysfunction? July 2017. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes Accessed: 20 October 2020
  9. Erectile Dysfunction: Symptoms & Causes – Causes. 27 March 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes/syc-20355776 Accessed: 20 October 2020
  10. Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence): Treatment for Erection Problems Depends on the Cause. Page Last Reviewed: 26 August 2020. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/erection-problems-erectile-dysfunction/#treatment Accessed: 20 October 2020
  11. Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction: How Do Doctors Treat Erectile Dysfunction? July 2017. National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/treatment Accessed: 20 October 2020
  12. Erectile Dysfunction: Summary. Page Last Updated on: 23 July 2020. Topic Last Reviewed: 03 January 2017. MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/erectiledysfunction.html Accessed: 20 October 2020

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