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Erectile problems are very common. Since being unable to get or maintain an erection affects a very important part of life — your sex life — you will be pretty motivated to make those erections come back. The solution to your erection problem depends on whether it is an occasional issue or a chronic problem. 

Causes Of Occasional Erection Problems

Not being able to "get it up" when you really want to can be both awkward and embarrassing — particularly if it's your first time having sex, or your first time having sex with a new partner. Nonetheless, every guy's erection lets him down sometimes, and there are many possible causes. 

Erectile problems can be the result of more serious ailments, like loss of blood flow to the penis due to physical injury, diabetes, high blood pressure, or surgery. If you normally get erections just fine and were recently surprised by the inability to get an erection, however, you're more likely to be facing a short-term issue.

The most common culprits are:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Drinking too much
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight

Young, healthy men and older guys who don't usually have erectile problems should look for their answer there. Drink a little less, quit smoking, try to lose some weight, and limit stress, as it may apply to you.

If being nervous about having sex with someone new, or for the first time, is the cause of your lacking erection, foreplay, communication with your partner, and spending time together in a no-pressure environment will usually do the trick.

Try not to add stress to stress by fretting about your inability to get an erection — and remember, this really is something all men face at one time or another. 

Make sure to exercise regularly and eat healthily as well, because that's good for your general health as well as your ability to get and maintain erections. 

Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction

Men who are regularly unable to get or maintain an erection may be dealing with erectile dysfunction, which is defined as the inability to achieve an erection and keep it going for long enough to enable satisfactory sexual intercourse. 

Erectile dysfunction, again, can be caused by numerous different factors — and nearly everything that affects your physical health can lead to erectile dysfunction. Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hormonal problems, and physical injury or nerve damage within the penis are some examples.

Some medications can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Diuretics used for high blood pressure, anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and epilepsy drugs can all lead to erection problems, along with muscle relaxants, antihistamines, chemotherapy drugs, prostate drugs, and even common NSAIDs which you may use as painkillers.

If erectile dysfunction is a possible side effect of a drug you are taking, your drug's package insert will say so. Just because erection problems are a possible side effect of a drug doesn't mean that that drug will definitely cause you erection problems, so if you notice this problem, talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication that might give you better luck.

If you are in this boat, you're not alone: up to 30 million men in the United States alone are affected by erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, erectile dysfunction is not a life sentence.

Addressing the underlying causes of your erection problems, switching any medication you may be on, taking hormone replacement therapy, using a vacuum pump to achieve an erection, and taking Viagra may all be viable options for you, depending on the cause of your erectile dysfunction. If the cause of your erectile dysfunction is partially psychological, therapy may also help you get erections again.

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