Erection Problems What Men Need to Know

What are erection problems?

If you often have trouble getting or keeping an erection, you may have erectile dysfunction, or ED. ED used to be called "impotence."

What causes an erection?

When you are sexually stimulated, your brain sends nerve signals to the penis, causing the muscles in the penis to relax and let blood flow into it. The penis becomes larger and firmer, like an inflated balloon. The veins in the penis are then closed off to trap the blood. After climax or after the sexual arousal has passed, the veins open up and blood flows back into the body.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

ED is most often caused by health problems that require treatment to help prevent more serious complications. Some of the problems that can cause ED are

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How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Lifestyle changes-including exercising more, quitting smoking, losing weight, and cutting back on alcohol-may solve the problem. If you have made these changes and still have erection problems, your doctor can offer a number of other treatments. Treatment may include