Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is a male’s inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse. Occasional erection problems are not necessarily something to worry about. However, if the problem is ongoing, it may cause anxiety, stress, undermine self-confidence, and affect some relationships.
A significant proportion of men with erectile problems are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about it. However, individuals should go in for an evaluation. Not only because the condition can often be effectively treated, but also because erectile dysfunction may be a sign of an underlying health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or a cardiovascular disease, some of which may be life-threatening.