If you are concerned about erectile function, it is important to understand what erectile dysfunction really is. Not having an erection one night after drinking several drinks, even for a week, or during a time of intense emotional stress, is not erectile dysfunction. Nor is it the inability to have another erection shortly after an orgasm. Almost all men occasionally have trouble having an erection, and most couples understand it.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse at least 25% of the time. The penis does not harden enough, or it hardens but softens too soon. The problem often develops gradually. One night may take longer or require more stimulation to achieve an erection. On another occasion, the erection may not be as firm as usual, or it may end before achieving an orgasm. When such difficulties occur regularly, it is time to talk with your doctor.
Erectile dysfunction can have many causes, including some forms of prostate diseases such as prostate cancer. Fortunately, in many cases, this problem can often be addressed effectively. Some men find relief when taking medications to treat erectile dysfunction. If these are not effective for you, other options are available, including injections. The possibility of finding the right solution is now greater than ever.