Conditions InDepth: Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to attain or maintain an erection of the penis that is firm enough for penetration during sexual intercourse.The condition is also called impotence. To initiate and maintain an erection, the penis must fill with blood. Nerve signals stimulate this blood fill. The nerves prompt certain blood vessels in the penis to expand so blood can fill it. Meanwhile, other blood vessels constrict, trapping blood inside.
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- Diabetes —can interfere with nerve signals
- Arteriosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries—can reduce blood flow
- Peripheral neuropathy , spinal cord injury, and surgery—can affect nerve function
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