It is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It is also sometimes also referred to as impotence. Occasional ED is not uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress.
Symptoms: Erectile dysfunction symptoms might include persistent: Trouble getting an erection. Trouble keeping an erection. Reduced sexual desire.
Diagnosis: Complete blood count (CBC): This is a set of blood tests that, among other things, can detect the presence of anemia. Anemia is caused by a low red blood cell count and can cause fatigue, which in turn can cause ED. Blood glucose (sugar): This test will help your doctor determine if you might have diabetes, which can contribute to ED. Liver and kidney function tests: These blood tests may indicate whether ED may be due to your liver or kidneys functioning improperly. Lipid profile: This blood test measures the level of lipids (fats), like cholesterol. High levels may indicate atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can affect blood circulation in the penis.
Treament: Oral medications are a successful erectile dysfunction treatment for many men. They include: Sildenafil (Viagra) Tadalafil (Cialis) Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) Avanafil (Stendra)
Epidemology: The age-adjusted prevalence of moderate or complete ED was 17% in Italy. The increased risk of ED was associated with diabetes, heart disease, lower urinary tract symptoms, heavy smoking, and depression and increased by 10% per year of age. It was inversely associated with education, physical activity, and alcohol drinking.