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Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction
Most men will have problems with their erection at some point in their life. Research shows that 55% of 55 year old males have ED to some extent, so remember that you are not alone! Whether it be a rare occurrence, or a daily nuisance, your ability to perform sexually can have a serious impact on your self-esteem, confidence, and overall health.
So how can you tell if you're dealing with ED?
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
The explanation for erectile dysfunction will vary from person to person, and will depend heavily on your underlying conditions, lifestyle choices, and other health related factors. The body's arousal process is a complicated one, and will require that all of your natural systems are working together.
Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
Less frequent morning erections
Reduced sexual desire
Erections that don't last through intercourse
The first and most important step to battling this issue is to see a doctor. You may be in early enough stages to treat your impotence with medication. Our doctors commonly prescribe medication such as Viagra or Cialis, which are taken orally and may help to achieve an erection.
If the stage of your impotence is beyond oral medication then you and your doctor may decide to talk about more efficient ED treatment options. Depending on the severity of your condition, your medication options will vary.
Treatment for ED depends on its cause, as well as on the patient's age, health and preferences. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising regularly will improve symptoms. Counseling may help patients whose ED has resulted from anxiety or depression. And we often recommend that patients take an oral medication, such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis.
Take the International Index of Erectile Function Quiz (IIEF).
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