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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a condition in which a man is unable to get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Many different factors can contribute to ED, and it can be a short-term or long-term issue. Although you’re more likely to develop ED as you age, aging doesn’t cause ED. ED is often a symptom of another health problem or health-related factor.

Symptoms of ED

  • Being able to get an erection sometimes, but not every time you want to have sex.
  • Being able to get an erection, but not having it last long enough for sex.
  • Being unable to get an erection at any time.

Causes of ED

Many different factors affecting your vascular system, nervous system, and endocrine system can cause or contribute to ED.

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Certain medications
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Injury to the:
    • Penis
    • Spinal cord
    • Prostate
    • Bladder
    • Pelvis

Treatments for ED

ED can be treated at any age. It’s important to contact your health care professional if you’re experiencing symptoms of ED. Your provider will work closely with you to determine the best treatment options. Your options may include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medication
  • Adjusting:
    • Existing medications
    • Treatments

To learn more about options, visit TRICARE’s covered services for ED.

Last Updated: April 02, 2024
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