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Erectile dysfunction overview

It is estimated that half of all men in the UK between 40 and 70 years old will experience at least one episode of erectile dysfunction or ED. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Problems with erections may stem from medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, or being too tired. Lifestyle changes, medications and other treatments are often used to treat ED.

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Erectile dysfunction basics

Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, or impotence, is the inability to achieve and sustain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. This condition is not considered normal at any age and is different from other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation and orgasm.

How common is ED?

According the NHS, it is estimated that 50% of men between 40 and 70 years of age will experience ED at least once. 

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