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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction, or ED, can be a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. ED can occur at any age but is more common in older men, who often have additional health problems or who may be taking medications that interfere with normal erectile function.

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recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction)

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I use injections for erection problems?
Should I use phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (such as Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis) for erection problems?
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Blood Glucose
Tests for Erection Problems
Thyroid Hormone Tests

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

Diabetes, Type 1
Diabetes, Type 2
High Cholesterol
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Premature Ejaculation
Smoking Cessation
medication center
medication assistance

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Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Diabetes Association
MEDLINEplus-Erectile Dysfunction
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Urology Health

Surfing the Internet
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Problemas de erección - [Erection Problems]

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