Physical symptoms of erectile dysfunction are the inability to have or maintain an erection. An erection is a complex process involving both mental and physical stimulation. This process is interrupted in cases of erectile dysfunction, resulting in insufficient blood flow to the penis. This prevents the penis from becoming or staying erect.
If you have erectile dysfunction, you may still wake with an erection in the morning or be able to have erections when masturbating. This might indicate that the causes of your erectile dysfunction are psychological rather than physical.
Psychological symptoms of erectile dysfunction may include anxiety (particularly around sexual activity), depression and irritation. These symptoms may begin to negatively affect your self-esteem and your relationship with your partner.
It is important to note that most men will occasionally have erectile problems at some point during their lives. This is very common. Erectile problems are only classified as erectile dysfunction when they are frequent and persistent.
There are other symptoms that are not directly caused by erectile dysfunction, but may occur alongside it: problems with ejaculation and orgasm, loss of sexual libido, urinary problems. These symptoms might be due to an underlying physical cause that needs to be addressed. Erectile dysfunction can also be an early warning sign of more serious conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. If you think this might be the case, discuss the issue with your GP.
Considering all the symptoms you experience with erectile dysfunction can help you accurately identify the cause and find appropriate treatment.