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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 will have it to some degree. When a man is sexually aroused, his brain sends signals to the nerves in his penis. The nerves increase the blood flow to the penis, causing it to become erect. If the blood flow to the penis is insufficient or if it fails to stay inside the penis, it will not become erect. Any number of things can interfere with sexual arousal and the nerves that control erections. These include:

  • Diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, vascular disease, and neurological disorders.
  • Injuries to the spinal cord, penis, prostate, bladder, or pelvis.
  • Medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and high blood pressure medications.
  • Peyronie’s disease (a condition in which the penis is bent or curved due to scar tissue in the erectile tissue)
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse such as alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.
  • Surgery such as radical prostatectomy, cystectomy, and retroperitoneal lymph node dissection.

There are also psychological causes of ED, such as:

  • Anxiety about sexual performance
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems

Treatment for ED depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, such as with psychological causes, counseling may be effective. In other cases, medications or surgery may be necessary. If you are experiencing ED, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you.

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