What is erectile dysfunction?

When you can't get an erection that's firm enough to have satisfactory sex

“Satisfaction” is the key point

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

How do you know if you have erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) isn’t just about not being able to get an erection. It’s really more about how you and your partner feel about your sex life. ED can show up as softer erections, erections that don’t last as long, less frequent erections, or even a lack of morning erections. So what is erectile dysfunction?

If you can’t have “satisfactory sex” for any of those reasons, that’s erectile dysfunction. And ED can have serious impacts on your health outside of the bedroom.

ED is an early warning sign for men

Frequent ED, or worsening ED symptoms, can be an early warning sign of more serious health problems like:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Nerve damage
  • Low testosterone
  • Hormone imbalance

It’s important to address ED at the first signs of trouble. You might be able to treat or prevent a potentially life-threatening condition.

How common is erectile dysfunction?

If you think you have ED, don’t panic. Most guys experience ED at some point in their lives. In fact, more than 30 million men in the US struggle with erectile dysfunction. It happens. But ignoring ED because of shame, fear, or embarrassment, or hoping it will go away on its own, can only lead to worsening symptoms and more negative outcomes with larger health issues.

Talk to your doctor if you experience erectile dysfunction. If you can’t wait to schedule an appointment, start your online visit now and talk to one of our licensed physicians today.

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