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What causes erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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For most men, erectile dysfunction (ED) is caused by health problems such as heart disease, depression, insomnia, and diabetes, or the medications that treat them. These conditions make it tough to get an erection in any circumstance, including masturbation.

For some, ED is related to performance anxiety, relationship problems, or stress. This can make it hard to get aroused enough with a partner. But you might be able to keep an erection if you masturbate.

From: Erectile Dysfunction and Masturbation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Erectile Dysfunction (ED).”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Erectile Dysfunction ED.”

Translational Andrology and Urology : “Erectile dysfunction in fit and healthy young men: psychological or pathological.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “Does masturbation cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?”

University of California, Santa Barbara: “Erectile Dysfunction: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment.”

Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Science : “Effectiveness of sildenafil citrate (Viagra) and tadalfil (Cialis) on sexual response in Saudi men with erectile dysfunction in routine clinical practice.”

Cornell University: "Sensate focus." 

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on September 22, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Erectile Dysfunction (ED).”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Erectile Dysfunction ED.”

Translational Andrology and Urology : “Erectile dysfunction in fit and healthy young men: psychological or pathological.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “Does masturbation cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?”

University of California, Santa Barbara: “Erectile Dysfunction: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment.”

Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Science : “Effectiveness of sildenafil citrate (Viagra) and tadalfil (Cialis) on sexual response in Saudi men with erectile dysfunction in routine clinical practice.”

Cornell University: "Sensate focus." 

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on September 22, 2017

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