Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or maintain an erection adequate for sex. There are many different causes, but ED ultimately occurs when there is too little blood flow into the penis and too much blood flow out, partially due to an enzyme called PDE5. Oral ED medications block PDE5 to increase blood flow into the penis and decrease blood flow out.
Yes. ED medication interferes with the breakdown of chemicals required to obtain and maintain an erection. This interference keeps more of those chemicals in action longer, improving the ability to get and maintain an erection.
There are many possible causes of ED, and they can include both emotional and physical conditions. Common causes include:
ED can be caused by only one of these factors or by several of them. That’s why it’s important to work with your doctor so that they can rule out or treat any underlying medical conditions. Learn more about the causes of ED.
PE can refer to any situation where the man or his partner experience distress, frustration, or the avoidance of sexual intimacy due to endurance concerns.
Premature ejaculation is when ejaculation occurs earlier than desired, often within 1 minute of penetrative sex. It’s characterized by an inability to delay orgasm to the extent that it causes bother or frustration to the patient and/or their partner.
Yes. Although no single treatment works for everyone, many men can be treated successfully through over-the-counter topicals, prescription medication, behavior modification, or a combination of these treatments.