What are the symptoms of Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 15, 2012

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  • A condition in which a man cannot get or maintain an erection.
  • It is often confused with premature ejaculation.
  • Impotence can happen suddenly or gradually.
  • There are drugs that specifically address erectile dysfunction problem.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence is when a man cannot get or maintain an erection. It is often confused with erectile dysfunction, but it is not the same as premature ejaculation, which is ejaculating within 1 minute after initiation of intercourse. The major causes of erectile dysfunction include vascular (blood vessel) disease, nerve damage (neuropathy), psychological factors, medications and hormonal problems.


erectile dysfunction symptoms


Impotence can happen suddenly or gradually. Some men slowly lose the firmness of their erections or how long the erections last. In other men, especially those whose impotence is largely caused by psychological factors, the problem may occur unpredictably and can improve at any time. Despite their difficulties with erections, men with impotence may continue to have normal orgasm and ejaculation without a full erection.

Unable to have or keep an erection adequate for sexual activity is the main erectile dysfunction symptom. The condition can manifest in several ways. If the dysfunction


Types of Erectile dysfunction

If you are experiencing occasional problem to get or maintain erection, it may not be a serious problem. All men experience problems with erections at some time in their lives.
Erectile dysfunction that develops gradually and persistently, it is usually a result of a physical cause.  Develops abruptly but you still have early-morning erections and are able to have an erection while masturbating, the problem is likely to have a psychological component.


When to seek medical advice?

You should consult your doctor about erectile dysfunction. The first reason to seek medical advice is that ED can be treated. Second reason to check with the doctor is that ED affects you and your partner, and can take a toll on your relationship. It can cause you to doubt yourself and lower your self-esteem.

There are drugs that specifically address erectile dysfunction problem. Finding a solution can be as simple as taking a pill your doctor prescribes. Sometimes it is difficult to resolve it with oral medication, there are other options that your doctor can help you explore.

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