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Understanding Erectile Dysfunction -- Prevention

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How Can I Prevent Erectile Dysfunction?

Because erectile dysfunction is often related to poor blood flow, take steps that improve your cardiovascular health. Here are some suggestions to try:

  • Control your blood pressure, cholesterol level, and medical conditions like diabetes, and don't smoke.
  • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs that may reduce sexual desire or affect your ability to maintain an erection.
  • Discuss side effects of medications with your doctor. Some drugs, especially those used to treat high blood pressure can contribute to erectile dysfunction. Additionally, prostate disease drugs as well as antidepressants and other medications used to treat psychological conditions may cause erectile dysfunction.
  • Try to establish open communication with your sexual partner as a way to ease tensions that could be affecting your performance.

Remember that occasional problems with erections are normal. Worrying about past failures can interfere with present pleasure.

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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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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on April 04, 2014

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