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Can erectile dysfunction cause permanent damage?

Most of the time, erectile dysfunction isn't a permanent condition and doesn't cause lasting damage. Sometimes, the causes of erectile dysfunction may be permanent or have permanent effects. These causes may include underlying medical conditions like diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Other times, erectile dysfunction may be caused by temporary problems like injury, stress, or relationship problems. In most cases, erectile dysfunction is treatable, if not curable. If you're concerned about lasting damage related to erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may cause permanent damage--primarily to egos and relationships with romantic partners.

Erectile dysfunction itself is a symptom of some underlying problem, usually physical in nature. In most cases, it's caused by poor circulation, which can prevent the penis from filling with blood and expanding during sexual stimulation. Fix the problem by exercising more, taking cholesterol drugs, or some other intervention, and there's a chance that erectile dysfunction might improve.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may cause damage to your self-worth, though is not likely to cause physical damage on its own. ED may make you feel anxious and nervous when you attempt to have sexual intercourse. This can damage relationships. In addition, ED is a warning sign that you may have a serious health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart disease, or multiple sclerosis. These health conditions are serious and without treatment, they may cause damage to your body.

Talk openly with your doctor about ED. He or she can order medical tests,  make an accurate diagnosis and treat any problems that you may have. In addition, your doctor can treat the ED using drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra) or tadalafil (Cialis). These drugs can help men sustain an erection and regain their enjoyment of sexual relationships no matter what their age.

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