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Erectile Dysfunction Causes and Cures

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of erectile dysfunction: how common it is, what causes it and ways to treat it.

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Erectile Dysfunction Causes and Cures
Erectile Dysfunction Causes and Cures
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most men will experience erectile dysfunction in their lifetime.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As they age, most men will have at least some experience with erectile dysfunction (ED). In fact, 70% of men age 70 or older have had problems with ED.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these explains why erectile dysfunction occurs?

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The correct answer is: When a man gets an erection, impulses from the brain and nerves on and around the penis will signal the muscles in the penis to relax. This allows blood to flow into the penis and fill the chamber (called the corpora cavernosa) that runs the length of the penis. As the blood fills the chambers, the penis will expand, and when the blood remains in the penis, men can sustain an erection. If blood flow to the penis is impeded in any way, a man may not be able to achieve or maintain an erection.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Any erectile dysfunction is a sign of a serious problem.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Erectile dysfunction isn't uncommon. But a man should see his doctor if ED occurs more than 25% of the time to rule out an underlying condition or complication.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What percentage of men ages 40 to 70 experience erectile dysfunction?

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The correct answer is: Erectile dysfunction occurs in about 30% to 50% of American men aged 40 to 70. That's about 15 to 30 million American men.

Erectile Dysfunction Causes and Cures
Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Erectile dysfunction is caused by aging.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Getting older may be one factor that increases your risk for erectile dysfunction, but age isn't the cause. Most cases of ED are the result of an underlying medical condition.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men in their 20s do not experience erectile dysfunction.

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The correct answer is: While erectile dysfunction may be more common in older men, guys under 30 can have it, too. However, ED in younger men is rarely the symptom of a serious disease and is more often the result of an injury or other temporary damage to the penis.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: Men who experience ED frequently may be experiencing a side effect of something more serious, like heart disease, hypertension or diabetes. The health of a man's penis is directly connected to his overall physical health, so any frequent problems with sexual function may be a sign of larger medical issues.

Erectile Dysfunction Causes and Cures
Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress can cause libido problems with women but not for men.

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The correct answer is: This is false. When stress becomes too overwhelming, a man may have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection. High levels of stress can lower libido, and a low libido makes an erection difficult.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What percentage of erectile dysfunction problems are caused by mental or emotional factors?

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The correct answer is: Roughly 20% of erectile dysfunction can be attributed to mental or emotional factors. About 80% of ED problems are the result of a physical condition.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these substances increases a man's risk for erectile dysfunction?

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The correct answer is: Men who use tobacco, drugs and alcohol may experience increased incidences of erectile dysfunction.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men who have erectile dysfunction are also infertile.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Men with erectile dysfunction are not infertile.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Relationship problems can cause erectile dysfunction.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Relationship problems and psychological problems such as depression can increase a man's chances of experiencing erectile dysfunction.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these types of medicines can cause erectile dysfunction?

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The correct answer is: All of these medicines can cause erectile dysfunction. Over-the-counter ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as antihistamines such as Benadryl, Dramamine, Tagamet and Zyrtec can cause ED. Prescription medications such as antidepressants, chemotherapy agents, pain medication (including codeine, morphine and oxycodone) and some medications used to treat high blood pressure can cause ED, too.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: A soft erection is a type of erectile dysfunction.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Occasional soft erections are not a type of erectile dysfunction. However, if a soft erection is the only type of erection a man can get, he may have another problem and should see a doctor.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these factors may contribute to erectile dysfunction?

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The correct answer is: While cycling is a very beneficial form of exercise, too much time on a bicycle seat may affect a man's performance in the bedroom. Studies show that men who spend a long time on a bike are at greater risk for erectile dysfunction.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What percentage of men seek treatment for erectile dysfunction?

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The correct answer is: Only about 10% to 15% of men experiencing ED seek medical treatment for the condition.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which type of doctor treats erectile dysfunction?

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The correct answer is: All of the above doctors can help diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction. A primary care doctor can make a diagnosis based on the man's medical and sexual history, a physical checkup and lab tests. A urologist specializes in urinary and sexual health. A sexual therapist may be helpful if ED is affecting the man and his partner's relationship.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these medications treats erectile dysfunction?

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The correct answer is: Several prescription oral medications are on the market now for treating erectile dysfunction. Levitra and Cialis are two of the more common, but the most common is still Viagra. These medicines help improve blood flow to the penis.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Viagra can sometimes cause which of these side effects?

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The correct answer is: Viagra can safely be used in men with stable ischemic heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and psychological causes of ED. However, Viagra can have some side effects, including low blood pressure, sudden hearing or vision loss or an erection that lasts longer than 4 hours (all of which are reasons to see a doctor right away!). Men who take nitrates should not use Viagra.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: It is illegal to buy Viagra without a prescription.

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The correct answer is: This is true. It is illegal to sell Viagra (sildenafil) without a prescription. Online pharmacies that advertise Viagra without a doctor’s prescription are often selling phony pills that may not be effective or may be harmful to your health.

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