Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Causes of Impotence
Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection is called impotence, or erectile dysfunction (ED). Impotence can include
not getting erections at all
getting erections some of the time, but not consistently or reliably
erections that are not firm enough for sexual enjoyment
erections that fade quickly (without orgasm or ejaculation).
Impotence has many different causes, including
vascular disease (narrowing or "hardening" of vessels that supply blood to the penis)
nerve or spinal cord problems
medication side effects
after effects of certain types of surgery
stress, anxiety or other psychological causes.
This guide is intended to help you figure out why you may be experiencing impotence. Since impotence in young men may have different causes than impotence in older men, let's start by finding out your age.
How old are you?
- Abdomen and Pelvis
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- Acid Reflux Treatment
- Blood in the Urine in Men
- Causes of Impotence
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Men
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Painful or Frequent Urination in Men
- Penis Pain, Sores, Discharge or Lumps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Sexual Problems in Men
- Treatment of Impotence
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Understanding PSA
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