Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man has ongoing problems getting and maintaining an erection – or as we say a “full mast”. ED makes having sex difficult or impossible. Without sex, warm and loving relationships are jeopardized.
ED is more common than most people would guess. As many as one in five, 20% of men in their 20s has ED. And the proportion of men with ED increases with age. Erectile dysfunction is becoming more prevalent in the same way that being overweight has become more common. In earlier generations, it was accepted that older couples couldn’t have sex. These days couples expect to enjoy fulfilling sex through retirement for their entire life.
There are treatments for ED and ways for couples to continue having satisfying sex. ED should be treated as early as possible.