At what age does the average man lose his ability to get an erection?

Not Medical Advice: Erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur at any age, but the older a man gets, the greater the chance that he will have a health problem that results in ED. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5% of 40-year-old men and between 15 and 25% of 65-year-old men experience ED on a long-term basis.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) also know as impotence, is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection 25% or more of the time. ED varies in severity; some men are completely unable to achieve an erection, others have an inconsistent ability to achieve an erection, and still others can sustain only brief erections. And also ED can have physical or psychological causes.

Several parts of the body must work together for an erection to occur. The brain sends messages to control the nerves, hormone levels, blood vessels and muscles that cause an erection. Anything that interfere with these messages can lead to problems of getting an erection.

Common causes of erection problems are diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or thyroid conditions, poor blood flow, depression, or nervous system disorders (such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease); medicines, including blood pressure medications (especially beta-blockers), heart medications (such as digoxin), some peptic ulcer medications, sleeping pills, and antidepressants; nerve damage from prostate surgery; nicotine, alcohol, or other drug use; poor communication with your partner; repeated feelings of doubt and failure; spinal cord injury; stress, fear, anxiety, or anger; and unrealistic sex-related expectations, which make sex a task instead of a pleasure.

Treatments depend on the cause of the problem, and can include injections into the penile organ, medicines inserted into the urethra, medicines taken by mouth, surgery, and vacuum devices.

New research finding! Men who take prescription pain medications for long periods may be at increased risk of erectile dysfunction, a new study suggests.

Updated on Sunday, May 26 2013 at 12:46AM EDT
Source: brown.edu/...