Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

By Dr. Kelvin Adams. Updated 13th Oct 2014

Erectile dysfunction used to be known as Impotence. It is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual penetration during intercourse.

It is surprisingly common and can affect men of all ages. 1 in 5 men over the age of 40 will suffer from it, and the problem becomes more common the older you are.

There are many causes of Erectile Dysfunction. Often it is due to a combination of factors. The younger you are, the more likely it is to be a psychological problem, like performance anxiety or stress. The older you are, the more likely it is to be due to an underlying physical problem, like Diabetes or Heart Disease.

Medications can cause it as part of their side effects.

Drinking too much alcohol, smoking, taking recreational drugs and being overweight can also cause it.

Talking to your Doctor at Northside Clinic is the first step to getting help.

Your Doctor may need to examine you and order some blood tests. This will usually involve checking you for Diabetes, cholesterol and checking your hormone levels like testosterone.

Treatment is often available, depending on the underlying cause.

Sometimes counselling is required if the cause is psychological.

Medication can be prescribed, such as Viagra® or Cialis®.

If medications don’t work, then injections can be given into the base of the penis, or external vacuum devices can be used.

Rarely, surgery can be done to implant a penile prosthetic device.

Treating underlying health problems like Diabetes and Heart Disease, and stopping smoking and losing weight are important.


For more information:

Andrology Australia

Impotence Australia

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