Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man cannot maintain an erection. Causes of ED include a combination of physical and emotional problems.
ED is a common — and treatable — problem for many men, particularly older men.
ED: what you should know
- A decrease in blood flow to the penis — from narrowing blood vessels — is often the cause of ED in older men. Emotional problems are more likely the culprit in younger men.
- These are some causes of ED:
- There are number of effective ED treatment options available, and researchers are working to develop new therapies.
It’s important to discuss ED with your doctor because it can be the first indication of one of these underlying health conditions:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- ED may be present as early as three to four years before cardiovascular problems are recognized.