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Can e.d. be physical and mental? i desire my wife. i think about making love to her all day long. i cannot get an erection and it bothers me. i have been to see a 2 qualified urologist for a full examination. he says that everything checked out fine and h

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sometimes, : Sometimes, even when involved in a mutually loving relationship; issues from the past can impact sexual function. I agree that you have some positives here: desire for your wife and the fact that two urologists have found no physical problems causing your erection issues. You might talk with doctor about seeing a counselor to explore comments that the two urologists believe you could have a mental block. It sounds like have tried a number of things without much change. Maybe it would be helpful to explore yourself mentally and spiritually.

Answered 10/3/2016


Dr. Alvin Lin answered

Specializes in Geriatrics

Have : Have you checked in w/your family physician? From what you've mentioned (which isn't much), the good news is that you're in a good relationship, which is half the battle. While it's not impossible, i doubt that your erectile dysfunction is mental/emotional as long as you two are happy w/each other and aren't fighting, etc. One caveat is that you can't be stressed about finances, family & friends, either. Once that's cleared away, we need to consider your over all health. Are you physically fit? Or overweight/obese? Do you smoke? Diabetes? High blood pressure? High cholesterol? Heart disease? Medications can cause ed. So can chemicals hidden in over-the-counter dietary supplements. And of course, testosterone. You need enough. That's why it's important to go back to your family physician and bring all your medical records from your 2 urologists. One last point of clarification for your family physician. Can you get erect at other times when your wife isn't present? Have you ever been able to have an erection? What's changed in your life (and hers) prior to this becoming an issue? Answer these questions for your family physician to be able to better help you out. Good luck!

Answered 10/4/2016



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