Failure to achieve an erection less than 20% of the time is not unusual for healthy men and treatment is not usually needed. This can occur due to a variety of reasons including lifestyle, stress, alcohol or just being overtired. However, failing to achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse more than 50% of the time is an indication that treatment may be required and a doctor should be consulted. This condition is commonly referred to as erectile dysfunction (ED).
Common causes of ED include diseases that affect blood flow to the penis or nerve disease but also psychological factors are very common with stress, depression and anxiety often being diagnosed as a cause. There is a range of treatment options for ED that can be explored. Oral medication such as Viagra, sex therapy, penile injections and pumps can all help certain people and options can be discussed with your doctor. Continue reading