Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) aka impotence is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sex. Impotence is different from infertility. While impotence is the inability to maintain an erection, infertility is the inability to father children. An erection is caused by the hydraulic effect of blood entering and being retained in spongy bodies within the penis. ED can be caused by alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes, medicinal side-effects or obesity. Some psychological issues which can cause ED include stress, depression, performance anxiety or low self-esteem. Prescription medicines like Viagra are usually used to treat impotence.

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