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Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) - What Increases Your Risk

Your risk of having an erection problem increases with age. Other things that increase your risk include:

Activities that constrict blood flow to the penis may increase the risk for erection problems. For example, frequent long-distance bicycle riding on a hard, narrow saddle may increase risk. But the possible link between bike riding and erection problems has not been proved. Experts continue to debate this issue.

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Understanding Erectile Dysfunction -- Diagnosis and Treatment

If you are troubled by occasional erectile dysfunction, remember that arousal takes longer as you get older and that satisfaction should not be equated with performance. If dysfunction is severe and persistent, you should seek medical help. The number of treatment options has increased in recent years. Many doctors will recommend changes in lifestyle as a first step in treatment. Suggestions may include the following: Cut back on alcohol.  Stop any tobacco or illegal drug use. Talk to...

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A vasectomy usually doesn't cause erection problems. But pain after the operation may affect sexual performance for a time. And if a man wasn't comfortable with his decision to have a vasectomy, or if he's having second thoughts, it could affect him psychologically.

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Last Updated: May 14, 2012
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