Erectile dysfunction is a widespread problem. Up to 39% of 40-year-old men report some degree of erectile dysfunction, and two-thirds of men over age 70 have significant symptoms.
Erectile dysfunction isn't life-threatening, but that doesn't mean it's not serious. Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are more likely to feel depressed and report less enjoyment in life.
Thanks to advertisements for drugs that treat it, you may have heard more about erectile dysfunction than you ever cared to. But...
With any type of injury to the back, legs, buttocks, groin, penis, or testicles.
With other symptoms such as loss of hair, enlargement of the breasts, or backache.
With any change to the medicine you take.
If your erection problem happens just now and then, there is no reason
to call your doctor. If it happens often and upsets you or your partner, it is okay to call your doctor. If an erection problem doesn't bother
you or your partner, you may choose not to call your doctor.
Watchful waiting means a "wait-and-see"
approach. A single episode of an erection problem is often a temporary problem that is easy to reverse. Don't assume it will happen again. Try to
forget about it, and expect a more successful experience the next time. If you
or your partner is concerned about it, talk about the problem. Openly
discuss your fears and anxieties.
If self-care has not helped
after 2 weeks and you are concerned about your erection problem,
see a doctor who has experience in dealing with these
Who to see
The following health professionals can evaluate symptoms of erection