Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, is the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse through to orgasm.  

It is a common condition that can affect men of all ages, but the likelihood of experiencing ED increases with age

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), ED affects an estimated 18 million men in the United States alone. This number is expected to rise as the population ages, with estimates suggesting that up to 30 million men in the US may experience ED by 2025.

It’s important to come away from these lessons with a sense that ED is not some failure or weakness of yourself as a man. In almost all cases, it is caused by real disorders or even diseases, so in that sense, ED is not something to be ashamed of, especially if that is deterring you from talking to your doctor.

Lesson 1: The possible physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Some physical causes of ED in older men include:

Lesson 2: Possible psychological causes of Erectile Dysfunction

ED can also be caused by external psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. These issues can interfere with a person’s ability to get and maintain an erection by disrupting the normal process of arousal and desire. Other psychological causes of ED may include:

Lesson 3: Symptoms and available treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

The main symptom of ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse from arousal through to orgasm. Other possible symptoms may include:

Treatment options for ED include:


We hope you have come away from these short lessons with a few positive thoughts:

  1. ED is a common disorder, and is not some weakness you should be afraid or ashamed to talk about with your trained healthcare provider
  2. ED can have some physical causes that point to other possibly serious underlying conditions. Failure to discuss your whole health picture could lead to serious consequences later on
  3. There are several available medications that will improve your sexual performance. Some of these are easy treatments such as oral medications and creams, while others may be a bit more radical, but will still in the end address your problem.