Do you sometimes have trouble getting or keeping an erection? You may have erection difficulties, such as erectile dysfunction. This is also known as impotence. And it happens to a lot of men. In fact, most men will have a problem getting an erection at some time in their lives. But for others it happens more often. Studies show that about half of all men in the United States between the ages of 40 and 70 have ED to some degree.
What is ED?
ED can be a physical problem. Normally, when a man is sexually excited, his penis fills with more blood than usual and it becomes erect or hard. When a man has ED, his penis does not fill with enough blood to get erect or hard. Or it may not stay erect long enough to complete sex.
Many men have this health problem. In fact, about 30 million men in the United States have ED to some degree. And studies show that about half of the men between the ages of 40 and 70 have ED to some degree.
What causes ED?
There are many reasons why a man may develop ED. Despite the common myth, ED is not simply a result of aging. It is more likely to be caused by an underlying health problem.
Some causes of ED can be:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
These things may also cause ED:
- injuries, operations
- certain medicines
- smoking, drug abuse, or too much alcohol