Leo R. Doumanian, MD joins Mark Alyn to talk with us about erectile dysfunction.
What is ED?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain a penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. ED can limit your intimacy, affect your self-esteem, and impact your most important relationships. Beyond the physical manifestations, ED causes emotional damage and there is a strong link found between ED and depression.
How common is ED?
ED is a surprisingly common condition experienced by more than 39 million men in the United States.
What causes ED?
While there are real physical and psychological reasons for ED, there's no single cause. The chart below outlines the most common causes of ED.
How is ED diagnosed?
You may have to start the conversation with your doctor to get an answer to the question, "Do I have ED?" A personal history and physical exam set the groundwork for most conditions. Lab tests and other tests may identify a source such as diabetes, coronary artery disease or other conditions that affect the nerves and blood flow to the penis.