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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the inability to get or sustain a firm penis erection for sexual intercourse. The good news is that if you are having erection trouble from time to time, it isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. However, if it is an ongoing issue, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems.

Symptoms:The severity varies among men and the symptoms can include lack of sexual arousal, difficulty in developing erection or maintaining an erection and early ejaculation.

Causes: Causes of ED vary but can include: stress, depression, smoking, heart disease, neuro disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol etc.

The Physiology

Normally, the penis responds to sexual stimulation by relaxing its muscles thus allowing blood to flow into the penile arteries filling the two vessel chambers inside a penis. The expansion of muscles helps the penis grow in size and it becomes hard for the intercourse. At the end of the sexual activity, the blood flows out through penile veins thereby causing a muscle contraction. ED is due to the lack of blood supply into the penis muscles that are responsible for causing the erection.


While symptoms of ED may resolve themselves for some, for others, different treatment options are available. You may use oral medication such as Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) to help achieve an erection. Additionally, you may consider psychological therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counseling which have also proven to be effective to address underlying causes such as stress, performance anxiety, etc.  

ED  is a common condition that you do not need to be afraid of. There are treatments available to help gain erections and therapies available to address the underlying cause. Our medical team can help you determine the best plan of treatment to address your unique situation. 

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