Are you finding it difficult to get a full erection?

An erection is the hardening of the penis when a boy/man becomes sexually excited but it can also happen spontaneously. However, these days many young men complain about not being able to get or keep an erection long enough to have sex. These erection problems are called erectile dysfunction or ED.

Most men have erection problems every now and then. This is normal.


These problems can happen at any age but it is more common in older men with health problems.

Erection problems can happen for many reasons; sometimes it's physical, sometimes it's psychological or sometimes it's due to medication that the person is using. These are some of the other main reasons for difficulties in getting a full and sustained erection:

  • Stress
  • Drinking too much alcohol or smoking cigarettes, marijuana (weed) or other drugs
  • Physical problems, such as injury to nerves or loss of blood flow to the penis
  • Other health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or prostate cancer
  • Mental health problems like anxiety, and depression
  • Side effects of certain medicines

Visit your nurse or doctor and tell them about your erection problems. Most of these causes are treatable – please ask for help.

Remember, a healthy lifestyle with little or no use of alcohol, not smoking, not taking drugs and regular exercise is the best way to avoid erection problems.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 2 May 2019 12:51

This has been very helpful

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 May 2019 12:05

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