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Erectile dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the consistent or recurrent inability of a man to attain and /or maintain a penile erection sufficient for sexual activity. Sexual health and function are important determinants of quality of life (QoL). ED and female sexual dysfunction (FSD) are increasingly becoming more important because of an ageing population and newer therapies. As this subject is discussed widely in the media, men and women are seeking guidance. Successful treatment of ED has been demonstrated to improve intimacy, satisfaction, and the sexual aspect of QoL, and relieve symptoms of depression. While in the past ED was a disease treated exclusively by specialists, it has now become a common problem seen by most general practitioners. The rapid developments in the treatment of ED have emphasised the importance of continuing medical education. This concise update on the topic is designed to meet this challenge. Although this article focuses primarily on ED in men, one must remember that one’s sexual partner plays an integral role; hence discussion of any intervention should include both partners.

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