Erectile dysfunction or impotence as it’s also known, represents the inability of a man to get and keep a erection (that will be firm enough for having sex).
Having erection problems every now and then is not necessarily a cause for concern. But if erectile dysfunction is a constant issue, it can cause stress and it can also affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. The problems you may have with getting or keeping an erection can also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs to be treated and a common risk factor for heart disease further down the road.
If you’re concerned you might have erectile dysfunction you should talk to your doctor. In most cases, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction and in the other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.