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    Erectile Dysfunction: Your Top 6 Questions Answered

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    When you think you may have ED, you’re bound to have questions about what’s happening and how to fix it. Lots of men have been there. Get answers to your questions that will start you on the road to a solution.

    1. Why is this happening to me?

    There are a lot of reasons guys can get ED. It could be a problem with blood flow; for instance, you could have an artery problem between your heart and your penis.

    Or it could be stress, depression, feeling anxious about how you perform. Some conditions and medicines can cause it too.

    Your doctor can help you figure out what’s going on and how to solve it.

    2. Is it about my age?

    The older a man gets, the more common it is.

    About 5% of 40-year-old men have ED. For 65-year-olds, it’s between 15% and 25%.

    3. So is ED a normal part of aging?

    No. While it is true that older men may need more stimulation (such as stroking and touching), they should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex.

    4. What’s the treatment?

    It depends on your situation. Remember that having an occasional problem is normal. It can happen because of things like drinking too much alcohol or just being tired.

    If you have that “every once in a while” trouble, you probably don’t need treatment. If it’s happening most of the time, you should contact your doctor.

    If your doctor says you have ED, you’ll talk about all the options to treat it. These may include medicine, lifestyle changes, therapy, devices, and other options, depending on your case.

    5. Which doctors treat ED?

    You’ll probably start with your regular doctor. Depending on your case, you may also see a specialist, such as a psychologist or urologist.

    6. Will my insurance cover treatment?

    Check your policy’s details. It depends upon the type of treatment that’s chosen. If your ED is due to a medical condition, insurance will usually cover at least some of it. Treatments like sex therapy that have not yet been approved by the FDA, however, may not be covered. When in doubt, call your insurer.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Stuart Bergman, MD on September 09, 2015
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