Can't get or keep an erection so you can have sex? That's what doctors call erectile dysfunction, or ED.
- If it happens only occasionally, it's not likely to be serious. All men have problems with erections at some time in their lives.
- If it slowly but consistently gets worse, there's probably a physical cause. This is generally what happens with chronic impotence.
- If it happens suddenly but you're still stiff early in the morning and can get an erection while masturbating, that suggests your mind is involved. There could be something going on physically, too.
Pick up the phone if your ED worries you so much that it causes anxiety or threatens your sexual relationship. At the very least, your doctor can clear up misinformation, which often makes sexual problems worse.
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