Frequently Asked Questions About Erectile Dysfunction


Landon Trost, MD

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While erectile dysfunction (ED) can be an embarrassing condition for men to seek treatment for, it should not be. In fact, often times erectile dysfunction serves as a warning sign of a more serious cardiovascular problem. Urologist Landon Trost, MD, discusses the most common questions he hears about ED.

1. Q: What is erectile dysfunction?

A: Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for intercourse. Typically, there are no other telling symptoms that lead up to ED, so a change in the state of the erection is usually the only sign of its onset. Sometimes, it’s just a one-time episode, with normal erectile function returning soon after. It’s really only considered erectile dysfunction if it becomes a chronic issue.

Erectile dysfunction affects many men, but since it’s rarely talked about, there are a lot of myths floating around. Can you tell fact from fiction?

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