Erectile Dysfunction: Overview
Erectile dysfunction is any disorder (dysfunction) of the erection of the male penis. This is more commonly called Impotence. There may be a difficult achieving an erection, maintaining an erection, or some combination. Also closely related is Premature Ejaculation, which may occur together. Causes of erectile dysfunction include physical disorders, emotional issues, and certain diseases such as nerve disorders (neuropathy) or libido disorders. Other causes include surgical complications (e.g. prostate surgery) or medication side-effects. An important diagnostic question is whether erections occur at any time (e.g. morning erection) versus nerve occurring at all. Also important is the evaluation of emotional and relationship status, along with any other causes of low libido.
- Physical Disorders: Physical disorders is a huge, general category of disorders and diseases of the physical body. This is distinct from disorders ... More on Physical Disorders »
- Nerve Disorders: Nerve disorders may affect movement or sensations. Nerves are part of the nervous system, including the spinal cord and central nervous system ... More on Nerve Disorders »
- Neuropathy: Neuropathy is a general term for a disorder of the nerves. Neuropathy may affect many different nerve systems: peripheral neuropathy ... More on Neuropathy »
- Medication side-effect: Many medications can have side-effects that are unwanted. For example, a prescription drug might cause nausea or dizziness in ... More on Medication side-effect »
- Impotence: Impotence is difficulty with erections, including either the ability to have an erection or to sustain one. The general medical ... More on Impotence »
- Libido Symptoms: Libido symptoms relate to changes in a person’s sex drive, which is called “libido”. The main symptoms are a ... More on Libido Symptoms »
- Emotional Symptoms: Emotional symptoms have a variety of causes that depend on the exact type of symptom. The main categories of emotional ... More on Emotional Symptoms »
- Reduced Libido: A reduced libido refers to a decline in “sex drive” or a person’s general interest in sexuality. A reduction ... More on Reduced Libido »
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