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Erectile Dysfunction Basics

Erectile Dysfunction Basics

Posted on: 22 Oct 2021

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Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is defined as trouble getting or keeping an erection that’s firm enough for sex.

During sexual arousal, nerves release chemicals that increase blood flow into the penis. Blood flows into two erection chambers in the penis, made of spongy muscle tissue. During erection, the spongy tissues relax and trap blood. The blood pressure in the chambers makes the penis firm, causing an erection. When you are not sexually aroused, the penis is soft and limp.

ED is very common and can be a result of health problems, emotional issues or both. While men may have some problems with erections from time to time, ED that happens on a regular basis with sex is not normal and should be treated.

Treatments may vary based on the main cause of ED for a man, which is why it is important to talk with your doctor about what may be causing ED. Treatment aims to fix or enhance erectile function, help circulatory health and help the quality of a man’s life.

The below resources can be used to help you learn more basic information about erectile dysfunction (ED).

Erectile Dysfunction Fact Sheet

Erectile Dysfunction Podcast

Erectile Dysfunction Video

For more detailed, in-depth information about erectile dysfunction (ED), view the below article.

What is Erectile Dysfunction? Web Article

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