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How the erection system works and what causes it to fail

What happens during an erection

The penis contains three long cylinders of erectile tissue. Two of the cylinders lie side by side, while the third lies beneath them. The urethra, which is the urine and sperm channel, runs through this lower cylinder. Sexual excitement causes the cylinders to fill with about 100–140 mL of blood and, as they swell, so the penis becomes erect. And as the erectile tissue swells, it squeezes the veins in the penis. These veins normally drain blood away from the penis, so the squeezing action prevents blood flowing away and keeps the penis erect. (Imagine a bath-tub filling with the tap on and a plug in the drain.) After orgasm and ejaculation these events go into reverse, and the penis becomes limp again.

How the erection system fails (impotence)

A few years ago it was assumed that most cases of impotence had psychological causes. Now more is known about the blood supply to the penis, and it is recognized that physical problems are often responsible. For example, nerves to the spongy tissue can be damaged by diabetes, blood flow can be impaired by atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and many medications interfere with erections.
Medications and drugs. Many medications and drugs can interfere with erections. Here are some of the most common culprits:
  • cimetidine (for duodenal ulcer)
  • some drugs for high blood pressure (for example, thiazide diuretics especially in high doses, methyldopa, most beta-blockers); erection problems affect about 1 in 5 men taking beta-blockers (Journal of the American Medical Association 2002;288:351–7)
  • finasteride (for prostate enlargement or baldness)
  • phenothiazines (for some psychiatric conditions)
  • alcohol and marijuana (cannabis)
  • drugs used for prostate cancer (for example, some GnRH analogues and anti-androgens)
  • some antidepressants
  • cholesterol-lowering drugs (probably)
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs (possibly).

Medical conditions. Many medical conditions can cause difficulty with erections by damaging the blood vessels and nerves. Of course, if you have one of these conditions, it does not mean that you will necessarily be impotent. Some of the most important medical conditions that can cause impotence are:
  • diabetes
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • vascular disease (clogged arteries) – linked with smoking
  • severe liver disease
  • thyroid disease
  • neurological conditions (for example, spinal injury, multiple sclerosis)
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • tight foreskin
  • kidney failure.

As cardiovascular disease is one of the most common causes of erection failure, erection problems can be a warning that your arteries are unhealthy. So it is not surprising that men with impotence have an increased risk of angina, heart attacks and stroke (Journal of the American Medical Association 2005;294:2996–3002).
Some prostate operations (especially radical prostatectomy) can also cause impotence.
Ageing. The likelihood of erection problems increases with age. The US Massachusetts Male Aging Study reported erection problems in:
  • 25% of 65-year-olds
  • 55% of 75-year-olds
  • 65% of 80-year-olds.
This is because the older you are, the more likely that you have one of the medical conditions that damage blood vessels and nerves causing impotence (see also the section on sex and ageing.)
Smoking. Smoking doubles your likelihood of erection problems. This is because if you are a smoker your arteries are likely to become clogged (atherosclerosis). During an erection the penis swells because it fills with blood. If your arteries are clogged, the blood cannot flow in efficiently and your erection will not be as good.
A study of 4462 Vietnam war veterans, aged between 31 and 49, showed that smokers had a 50-80% increase in the risk of impotence compared with non-smokers. Another study has shown that for every year you smoke 20 a day, you increase your risk of impotence by 2–3%.
According to a British Medical Association report, about 120 000 men in the UK in their 30s and 40s are impotent as a result of smoking.
Unhealthy lifestyle. A sluggish lifestyle, in which you spend a lot of time watching TV and are too fat, makes impotence more likely. This was shown in a US study of 43000 men (Annals of Internal Medicine 2003;139:161–8). Those who took regular exercise were less likely to have erection problems. And according to Harvard Men?s Health Watch, a man with a 42-inch waist is 50% more likely to be impotent than a man with a 32-inch waist.
Distance cycling and motorcycling. If you decide to take more exercise, distance cycling may not be the best choice. About 1 in 5 distance cyclists notices some numbness of the genital area after a ride, and 13% experience problems with erections for the following week or longer. The cause is pressure of the saddle on nerves and arteries. For the same reasons, motorcycling may also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction. Choose a wide saddle with plenty of padding that makes you sit back firmly, and dismount if you start to experience numbness.
Psychological factors can, of course, cause impotence. These include:
  • guilt
  • depression
  • losing interest in your partner
  • a partner who finds intercourse painful
  • low self-esteem
  • fear of not performing well.

Often both physical and psychological factors are involved. A physical problem impairs erections, and you then become so preoccupied with the question ‘Can I maintain my erection this time?’ that sexual arousal becomes impossible. Anxiety actually has the physical effect of contracting the muscles of the erectile tissue, preventing blood entering the penis and allowing the blood to drain away.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Saturday, September 3rd 2011


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Posted by Optional on 09/06/2014 at 10:46

I am 34 and I was not able to maintain an erection after ejaculating with no problem. 2 weeks ago I moved in with my fiance and after my first ejaculation I can't keep my penis up. Can any one help me, my fiance asked me how come before we were able to keep going before and now I can't after the first ejaculation....

Posted by Optional on 05/06/2014 at 03:02

I am having such a difficult time getting and keeping an errection. The pressure to preform is my down fall. I had double hip replacement surgery and it has gotten worse since then. I had a problem before but it seems to have gotten worse since then. It could be all in my head though. I am at a lose for what to do. Please help

Posted by Optional on 04/06/2014 at 05:54

This information is very helpfu.

Posted by Dan on 03/06/2014 at 03:20

I smoke weed now and then like roughly, I've been doing this since last year in the six weeks holiday.anyway recently I've been getting a half erected penis where it's up just feels abit squidey and sometimes it feels like nothing is there when I don't have a erection. I've also has another thing that may I caused it I've looked it up, I had a erection my girl sat on top of my and my dick went forward towards my legs pointing towards my toes I didn't have any pain but since then I've had my problem.without going to the doctor or anything is their some way I can make the blood flow get better . I also do smoke. I understand I may have to quite smoking weed and smoking but I've only smoked for a year so I don't see how it's the problem. Hope you can help me

Posted by Optional on 26/05/2014 at 03:50

Hello, a three or four years ago I trid these Jelqing exercises and believe i may of done them wrong. As I was doing them I felt a slite pull on the back side at the base of my penis. For a few months after I had a tingling feeling around the base of my penis and had a difuclt time achieving a fell erection. Since this time the vaines on the top of my penis have become more pronounced and erections have been more difucte to aceave. Although I do awake with erections at times, but through out the day it's more difuclt.

Posted by Johnny on 19/05/2014 at 06:56

Hello, I have never had any problem before. This experience started few weeks ago. I would have erection, but my penis will go limp as soon as I am about to enter my wife. I am taking the following medicine- REGULARLY--lovastatin, BENEZEPRYL AND metformin. I am embarrassed. Please, help.

Posted by Optional on 20/04/2014 at 12:12

I'm 49 and I'm having problems getting and keeping a erection but I have a crazy desire for sex all the time I'm still young and I enjoy my Love making.What can be causing this cholesterol not enough blood flow I still have testosterone in my system can I get a injection for more??? Thanks for any advice?

Posted by Optional on 09/04/2014 at 12:52

I'm on a lot of medications all of a sudden my penis don't get hard anymore I don't no what to so

Posted by Bone on 15/03/2014 at 08:37

hello,,, my name is Bone,,,, 20 years old guy from singapore... i started to Masterbate from the Age of 10 years old,,, when i was 16 years old,, i discovered that i suffer from Night fault (Semen falling) currently i am 20 years old,,, i am really had a Difficult time having Sexual intercouse with my partner,, i do masterbate 4 time a day in a Week,, i am a Well controlled smoker,,, when having sex, my Erection doesn't even lasts for 5 to 10 seconds,, my Penis get Loosens very do i get A Full Recovery from Erectile dysfunction and Night Fault... please do guide me :'(

Posted by Optional on 11/03/2014 at 09:27

i'm almost 19, and I'm gay, somebody i considered my other half is gone, and I can't get a boner, if it starts to get hard it doesn't even get halfway till it becomes soft again,,,,why

Posted by Israel on 28/02/2014 at 04:46

I am 28 and I was not able to maintain an erection after ejaculating with no problem. 2 weeks ago I moved in with my fiance and after my first ejaculation I can't keep my penis up. Can any one help me, my fiance asked me how come before we were able to keep going before and now I can't after the first ejaculation....

Posted by zaki on 24/02/2014 at 06:07

am 29 years old guy having sex problems almost all, because i am having masturburation addiction from the age of 12 thrice a day and now in age 23 i am very much affected by this erectile disfunciton, premature ejaculation ,low libdio, impoency etc are major problms that faced by me in this age ,i am very much now part in depression, i wants to know that is it possible that will i recover fully or not in one or two year abd i should have to do.. this is really embarrissing against my girlfriend please help me plz

Posted by Optional on 22/02/2014 at 06:07

I am a 67 years old male ,love to have continuous healthy sex with my girlfriend who is hot and 34 . I am taking blood pressure medication , which are the reason for ED, but I must keep taking my medication , is there a way out to prevent the ED side sffect.

Posted by Optional on 20/02/2014 at 07:16

I masterbate when I was 14 and continue to do and now my penis is short not standing all the up when I watch porn and I become hot my penis cum in 30 to 1 min soo ppl dont masterbate. Its bad now my body is small and weak mental problems as well

Posted by Optional on 14/02/2014 at 06:19

I'm 41 years old, never had any erection issue, but I took finasteride for one year, then I noticed that my erection got down. I stopped taking it 6 months ago, but it still the same. I don't know what to do, any help will be appreciate, thanks.

Posted by di caprio on 26/01/2014 at 08:16

hy,recently lost my erection when i was wit my gf,now i can erect,bt nt to its full potential...this is so frustrating cos am only 20yrs old.........any help

Posted by Anonymous on 19/01/2014 at 09:48

i have been depending on vagra for erection but now it is no longer working. please advice me. i;m confuse

Posted by No Longer the Mighty Oak on 10/01/2014 at 11:37

I'm 55 years young, my sex drive is as good as it was when I was a teenager. I was worried that all of the 70's drugs might cause me problems. They certainly didn't! Through 40 years of my life I had the great pleasure of being intimate with over 300 women. I now find myself having to use Viagra to attempt an erection. I have only tried one at a time and with not much results. I hear about horror stories of men having erections that last over 4 hours? That is not a horror story at all, most women would die for that to happen. Can I take 2 at a time? I'm currently taking high blood pressure meds. (10 years now) and am using 2 Aleves a day for back problems. I'm going to try to cut out the NSAIDS to see if this works. If there are any helpful suggestions would you please post them.

Posted by Optional on 28/12/2013 at 07:23

Hi...I'm 22yrs of age...I'm havin real problem havin sex..I dnt get hard wen touchin a girl and if I shld gt hard,my penis goes weak in no moment...although I av had sex like 3 times but it only works after I'v been givn a nw..even afta a blowjob ma penis stil goes weak..I'm so fustrated...I'v gone to see d doctor and ran a test and d result came out to be dat I'v got no problem...I just dnt knw wot to do cox I'm so fustrated..I rly need help..

Posted by Optional on 20/12/2013 at 10:46

I just had sex for the first time yesterday and we did it twice on seperate occasions, problem is, now when we're trying again on day 2 I can't seem to have it erect long enough to penetrate her, we tried multiple times on different times. I get get an erection when we're like kissing and touching, but when we want to actually do it, it just goes limp befor I can get it in.. I seriously think something is wrong with me and it's affecting me bad. Help please.

Posted by wiseman on 18/12/2013 at 12:29

Dear sir/madam I wrote here to seek for help wht should I do when my penis fails to get erected. I have erectile dysfunction but I do not smoke , I not drink alcohol , I don't hv any sugar diabetes. Help me I am failing to have sex with my grl frnd. Help me plz. Wht should I do wht went wrong ? Help me

Posted by Optional on 07/11/2013 at 09:30

I am 20 years old. I've been masterbating for a while a now. And sometime when I have sex with my girlfriend I go limp during sex. I am an active person. My question is Can this be fixed naturally and how??

Posted by owen on 28/10/2013 at 02:35

hey ive been jurkin and watchin porn since i was 12 i am now 13 i started watching porn at 10 and after ejaculation im not in the mood 3 days later im still not in the mood and i cant erect its still just stayin weak please help i am freaking out i am really worried thank you

Posted by jack on 27/10/2013 at 11:45

hi i am 18 and i know this kid who is 13 and he was very honest to me and trusts me he said that since the age of 10 he watched porn mostly just pictures and at the age of 12 he started to masurbate and watch porn at the same time. he has been doing that for 1 year, every 2 times a week sometimes 3. and also he said when he ejaculates he doesnt really feel like doing it any more(not horny) he has that feeling for up to a week and he erects 2 times during that time period and also for morningwood he has those once a week and just recenently he had masturbated and now he cant erect at all! he says his penis got shrunk too. he is very worried everytime he tries to make his penis erect hes very worried it wont stand it just doesnt its been like this for 3 days, he also says his penis feels like it wont erect at all please reply and help thank you.

Posted by sid on 12/10/2013 at 03:42

i am 23 years old guy having sex problems almost all, because i am having masturburation addiction from the age of 12 thrice a day and now in age 23 i am very much affected by this erectile disfunciton, premature ejaculation ,low libdio, impoency etc are major problms that faced by me in this age ,i am very much now part in depression, i wants to know that is it possible that will i recover fully or not in one or two year please help me

Posted by ajju on 04/10/2013 at 08:23

i am suffering from night fault(semen falling)last 5-6 years.and it happened 3-4 times in a week. and when my penis exciting it released thin semen like water. so tell me after marriage can be any problem in physical relationship.while between 1-2 months i do masturbation 2-3 times in whole 1-2 months so give me suggestion it will be bad or normal for me....plzz

Posted by Davido on 27/09/2013 at 11:57

Any time i ejeculate my penis get weak wat can i do?

Posted by Optional on 25/09/2013 at 06:51

I just got done doing 3 years in the pin..while i was in there i noticed I could not get an that I am out..i will sometimes get an erection. but it is semi hard and sometimes i can release...but i have no gained a full erection since i been out..i thought it was mental because where I was at..but i am home now..i though it was from all this weight i gained..i don't know..HELP

Posted by Anonymous on 20/09/2013 at 01:34

My boyfriend is 40 yrs old. We have sex. But the problem is that he is always touching himself & making himself hard. It seems to me he 's more fascinated touching himself rather than touching me

Posted by Optional on 18/09/2013 at 10:47

I am a 32 year old male from the UK and have just got married. I am on Doxazosin, Atenolol and anti rejection medication as I had a kidney transplant at the age of 18. Since the age of 17, I have masturbated and when my wife and I make love, my penis stays erect for a while and then dissipates. It is causing me frustration and obviously some embarrassment even though I know my wife loves and accepts me for where i am at right now. I would like advice so that I can not only maintain my erection but also to be able to ejaculate inside her. (We managed it a couple of times) but no more than that although it is very early days. Many thanks, anonymous uk male.

Posted by Optional on 17/09/2013 at 05:14

i am diabetic have a curve in my penis when it does get erection also real pain around my lower back and sides

Posted by oke on 08/09/2013 at 09:29

This case happened to me many years it occurs mostly ones in a year my problem I maybe having feeling of sex but if I come close to my a time my erection goes down I drink please I want to know my problem

Posted by Optional on 03/09/2013 at 06:32

i am having similler problrn i cant hold it for more two minit

Posted by chetan on 26/08/2013 at 07:47

when my penis is erect it turns towards right ...a slight its not as we see in videos will it cause any problem in sex life can i have intercourse stil

Posted by Optional on 24/08/2013 at 03:41

I noticed that for the past months my penis doesn't get as hard as before, and it doesnt maintain hard as before, i am stopping drinking and smoking since i red its bad for erection, also gonna try to eat more heathy. but if those things dont work what can i do??

Posted by Optionaljim on 20/08/2013 at 08:18

Erections with out notice at 40?

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2013 at 02:34

I get an erection but if i take time to penetrate i lose the erection and at times start sweating

Posted by Optional on 05/08/2013 at 06:54

I ame 21 and I was able to maintain an erection after ejaculating with no problem. 2 weeks ago I moved in with my fiance and after my first ejaculation I can't keep my penis up. Can any one help me, my fiance asked me how come before we were able to keep going before and now I can't after the first ejaculation....

Posted by Optional on 28/07/2013 at 10:50

am finding I start off with erection however the slightest of interuptions or mind lapse I loose erection Why/?????

Posted by cheng on 28/07/2013 at 10:34

its me CHENG from china nd i just want to comment on my penis errection problem that i cant get hard errection without touching by hand nd i think its just becoz of fear of not performing well plzzzzzz someome help to get rid of this problem iam really very worried about it......

Posted by Karry on 13/07/2013 at 06:46

I and my new bf had not made love for 2 months since we met, and you know the feeling of "can't wait for that date and stuff", when we finally decided it was the right time to have sex, he couldn't keep his erection. During foreplay it would erect but a few seconds after penetration it would dis-erect and he had to finger me. I love him so much and don't want this to get between us and i fear he's no longer confident i love him after that and i would like to help him but the question is how? Please help i realy need him, he's worth morethan jst sex to me.

Posted by fresh little on 21/06/2013 at 05:54

i have being suffering helplessly 4 years now because of insufficient erection and pile pls help me

Posted by DJ on 03/06/2013 at 03:08

I have no trouble getting an errection, but cannot maintain it. If I am going to cum then it goes down immediately. I had an affair on my wife, and we got back together. But now I have this issue. I want to be with my wife, but think she will leave me if I don't fix this issue.

Posted by rishabh on 16/05/2013 at 09:40

i have totally lost my erection and have nightfall problems daily. what i do?

Posted by Optional on 24/04/2013 at 01:01

I can't maintain erection longer than 20min... I can get orgasm and have sex after that in like half an hour, and last then maybe 10 min, after half an hour I can do it again but with erection of 5 min... I have been doing penis extension exercises for a year and I think I did some damage. Before that I was able to have 1-2h erection while having sex, and being able to have sex again after 10-15min... Now its as you can see much worse... I have occasional morning erections and they are not that hard...Please can you give me some advice. Thank You.

Posted by matt e. on 14/03/2013 at 03:36

While having sex my penis goes limp after a while mostly when I'm on top. Right before it goes limp my hip flexers hurt and I breath like I'm running a lond distances.

Posted by Bisi on 13/03/2013 at 12:45

Why i dont have Early morning erection?

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2013 at 08:33

any time am having sex with my girlfriend I always get to orgasm before her making it imposible for me to satisfy her in bed. The worst is that, once my penis is down after sex it may take the night before it wil stand. Its already raising dust in the relationship. What will do to help myself.

Posted by Optional on 25/02/2013 at 03:28

i hav add sex only 5times in my life, and i found out that these days, my penis is always down (although i m having serious mlaria). What could be the course of this?

Posted by gangs on 18/02/2013 at 03:30

I have problem in erection.After erection water comes out and erection fails.

Posted by Optional on 13/02/2013 at 02:47

Its been 2 days since my penis had an erection ,i hv a lavish lifestyle i smoke drink i do each and everything possible ,my penis has become numb even if i try to masturbate it does nt get erected please advice me am in a great pain !!

Posted by Alvis Wilsonj on 11/02/2013 at 06:15

You may finding difficulties to maintain an erection while having sex. Erection is problem that needs cure. I think people who are having these complaints may should consult with their doctor. You should certainly visit together with his doctors and see the things they recommend. It is totally be curable with effective drugs like sildenafil citrate. Generic drugs like sildenafil tablets, kamagra etc are more preferred by the customers.

Posted by Ashish on 09/02/2013 at 12:52

Hi doc i am 26 year male guy from india and from last 20 days i am suffering from ED, initialy i had some soft erection but now i have to do it manually and i dont have any medical problem, i am so worried about this plz help me

Posted by niko on 08/02/2013 at 03:50

I've never been diagnosed with erectile disfunction related diseases (well I've only seen doctors for broken bones) and I've always seemed to have problems with getting it up. Even on my own it loses strength and it seems to only gorge when close to climax which is very bothersome. I don't even masturbate that much : something 3 to 4 times a week. I wonder if it's because of lack of a certain hormone. I do notice that I don't look at women the same way my friends do or talk about them the same way. So this brings me to ask if it is either low sex drive or or physical damage. I do smoke but have only done it for a year and it's a pack per two days. I have occasionnaly smoked Mari-Juana for three years and it's been a month since I've come off amphetamine addiction. I don't think the aformentioned would indicate why I have ED since I think I always had it. I'm going to a clinic today but I think this is a matter that requires as much information as possible. Thanks in advance.

Posted by Optional on 27/01/2013 at 09:35

I have unprotected sex with my partner,she doesn't like condoms because she doesn't feel pleasure.we have tested for HIV and we are both negetive,I only go for one round then my penus falls.we always have sex even during her period. Could this be the cause of it all?

Posted by robert on 26/01/2013 at 06:59

Hi , my penis is about 6 1/2 inches erect and for the most part still is. But for about two months now I can't maintain an erection for longer than a few minutes unless constantly stimulated. I also don't get as hard as I used to. I do admit I have been very stressed and depressed over the past year. So I was wondering if stress is the reason for my impotence, can I ever revert back to normal?

Posted by chigiji on 18/01/2013 at 07:52

i need help because my penis do looses erection after i produce once,,,,,, so what can i do to keep it strongly erected????,,,,

Posted by ram on 16/01/2013 at 12:15

m only 37 year old.i am smoke sigrete and bidi 15 sigrate one day. but whenever i have attended the sex, my penis does not stand properly, i had tried of mentally control my self, but i was failed all time.i do masterbesion daily, for 1 or 2 time on a day.. please help me sir....

Posted by poly on 15/01/2013 at 11:11

my quiz has been answered and am working on it.

Posted by Ashish on 15/01/2013 at 12:26

Hi Team, I want to know that as whenever I have intercourse. After having sex immediately my penis loose it's erection. However I want it to be hard for log. I have my friends who make love but still their penis remain erected for a long time. Also I want to know how to make my dick more thick its 2inch now. Thanks.

Posted by Optional on 14/01/2013 at 08:14

For some reason I cannot have an erection when I'm with my partner in bed. She's beautiful and charming but it just won't get hard why?

Posted by Desperate on 07/01/2013 at 07:24

My problem is my poor erection, the penis can only stay hard for almost 5 seconds then became soft. I occasionally have mornin erections which are poor though. This thing started some many years ago probably 6. I had sex once bt after 3 minutes i ejaculated. Wher can i get help and what could be the problem pliz help me

Posted by Optional on 07/01/2013 at 06:46

I usually have full length erection but when we are about to start I lose my erection. Why

Posted by shiv on 06/01/2013 at 07:04

i am experiencing lesser erections since an year now. i drink alcohol but in limits. i have been having certain tensions in my life. but never had problems in getting aan erection. what seems to be the problem here? should i get a testosterone test done?

Posted by Optional on 02/01/2013 at 09:51

I have been divorced for 2 years my wife cheated on me so i tossed her out! since then I have had 4 girlfriends and 2 other one nighters. I noticed that I loose my erection to these women when I put on a condom and mid way through sex I loose it? i experimented and took my ex out for a ride and had no loss of stiffness at any point I even master-bated 3 times before I saw her and still no loss??? Is it because i was with her for 15 years? I some times think to myself that I am with her while I'm with another female so I don't loose my erection. help!

Posted by crazy guy on 01/01/2013 at 08:06

I'm 21 workout smoke cigarettes and weed drink alcohol and my testicles have shrank to about a ten year olds size in 1 year and in turn my penis has gotten similarly smaller too I'm just wondering what caused it and how can I reverse it

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2012 at 09:50

One time innercoarse with my wife hit bone during process. Sharp pain (felt like tenden rupture) after that had "knot" mid shaft. Erection now painful when first erect , difficult to maintain erection for orgasm. What have I done??

Posted by mr qwesties de alvaro on 26/12/2012 at 03:29

l ave had masturbation since age sixteen kinda of twice per month!then l found a gf we av bin in a relation 4 1 year but since in a relation l did quite mustabation,of late while having sex she told me my penis points downward while erect by then my sex perfomance was ok!bt lately after l erect and ejaculate the first round l go weak 4 around 20min then the second erection is nt firm and its like l perform less soo lm getin stresed more plz explain 2 me!

Posted by mitesh on 24/12/2012 at 04:23

I m only 21 year old. but whenever i have attended the sex, my penis does not stand properly, i had tried of mentally control my self, but i was failed all time.i do masterbesion daily, for 1 or 2 time on a day.. please help me sir....

Posted by Sheth on 22/12/2012 at 05:16

I have problem i get erection in full but after a second blood pressure relives it not hold in my erection,it's like damaged pressure relive valve is not hold pressure and blood drain from vein after full erection. please advice

Posted by Optional on 18/12/2012 at 02:07

hi my age is 25 i started masturbating at the age of 14 regularly now my penis erections is not hard what will i do get my erections back plz help me

Posted by Kinyaga stephe on 15/12/2012 at 04:46

Thanx for ure good explaination,it now going to help a lot of man

Posted by malta on 12/12/2012 at 10:21

i am having problems keeping an eriction, i smoke 20 a day, can something be done ?

Posted by Samsön on 06/12/2012 at 01:21

i was a virgin until 24yrs,i have a gal i notice anytime i want to have sex with my her after al d Foreplay getting me in d mood she wil turn me down,dis make me to masturbate everyday for about 9month,no mata hw i convince her dat i want sex she keep turnin me down this make me hate sex,about a year time she accept my offer to make love to her i was so happen after al the foreplay i was so hard nd erect but as soon as i stand to get a condom that is the end my dick started shrinking nd was down she tried as she could cause now she wanted it badly but i can't hav an erection ,Please i would like to now what is wrong

Posted by Optional on 22/11/2012 at 12:45

Does mastrubation twice a day cause impotence?

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2012 at 10:06

During the last 6 months about the first 2 inches of my penis fails to swell, but the final 3 inches is normal and the whole thing looks a bit odd! Because the first part of my penis is not inflated properly the heavy weight of the properly inflated end part causes it to drops to the right. This lack of a full length strong erection makes penetration difficult. Any suggestions to help solve this strange phenomena would be appreciated. Thank you.

Posted by Oga on 20/10/2012 at 01:05

I a married with a kid but I have another woman who has another child for me. I love my wife as well as this other lady and was able to make love to the two of them at different times. (pardon e, my culture allows poligamy). Recently, I am unable to achieve an erection with my wife while I still function well with my second wife. I only need to kiss her to get very hard but no erection with my first wife despite strong desire to have sex with her. pls. what could be the matter with me. I get excited and my heart races but still no erection. she is getting very frustrated, pls help.

Posted by Steve on 24/09/2012 at 12:02

I have never been very promiscuous in my adult years. Last summer I got an infection that lasted a couple months, mostly because I was too embarrassed to go to a doctor about it. I finally went to the local ER, and they gave me a prescription for antibiotic pills and cream after alleviating my fears telling me it was not serious but was some sort of fungal infection. Here is the thing though, I began getting odd shaped erections, that had never happened before. I can still function, length is still about the same, overall girth is about the same, but it would be sort of pinched off in the middle, kinda hour glass shaped, or excessively larger at the base and for about 1/3 up the shaft, then suddenly normal, not tapered, but normal girth the rest of the shaft to the tip. IS this an aging thing? I am concerned maybe there is a problem with blood flow. It is not painful, ejaculation and performance are the same, but it is noticeably deformed at times in erection, not every time, just a few times. My wife and I are active and have sex at least once a week, and this has only happened about 5 or 6 times in the past couple months, but after occurring the past couple times, I began growing concerned.

Posted by Optional on 23/09/2012 at 04:59

Hi i have a boyfriend who can get erect, have intercourse, but then goes numb but can stay hard and i have a high sex drive but i dont know what this means can anyone help me? x

Posted by Optional on 10/08/2012 at 03:28

cannot keep hard on over 5 minutes when my wife and i start to have sex i lose my hard on.she has no desire for sex any more.i jack off about 1 time a week to help my self feel better.

Posted by Optional on 24/07/2012 at 08:23

been masturbating since the age of 16 and now i hardly get a firm erection. How can i get my firm erection back

Posted by Njagi Festus on 19/07/2012 at 02:22

thank you for good informative article.

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2012 at 06:15

I hate the look in my wifes eyes when having sex, it takes her much lomger than me to reach an orgasm. My problem is, when I ejaculate, I lose my erection, so she is not being satisfied. I have to finsh her with my fingers or sex toy, but she doen'ts like it as much. I smoke, high cholestorol, diabetes, high blood pressure. I take viagra, but it doesn't help me keep an erection, only helps me get one

Posted by tequero on 06/09/2011 at 06:40

ihave aweak base of erected penis.the penis falls down in erected state.ihave been using size genetics extender,but to no use ,can we use hot water therapy on erect penisor acold watered therapy canwe use aultra sound massager onthe area infected by peyorenes disease to improve blood circulation

Posted by sak on 20/08/2011 at 06:28

I am 42 yrs.old & having problem with errection since 3yrs back.Iam diabetic & fasting sugar around 200 this problem with me due to diabetis? if so how to get rid from it?

Posted by Optional on 11/08/2011 at 02:44

Having trouble maintaining an erection, My Girlfriend can get it up but when she goes to put it in, It goes soft. I also take stimulation pills, They worked before but now there useless.... Help..:(

Posted by Optional on 11/07/2011 at 06:05

I havd a funny experience, whenever I have my girlfriend, my erection is perfect but this worsen when i meet new girl and wants to make love to her. I fail to erect totaly. What could be the problem.

Posted by sexually frustrated on 30/06/2010 at 11:34

How much does alcohol play a part in lack of sex drive and in premature ejactulations? or not being able to keep an erection?

Posted by Optional on 31/03/2010 at 09:29

I am only 18 and i am having erection problem GOD help me. Yes I do ride motorcycles for a long distance. Must stop to see if i get full erection.

Posted by jason on 09/02/2010 at 05:46

i am having problems with girlfriend she is very frustrated cus i cant get an erection and when i do i goes down on me very quickly have tried alot of stimulation bathing in cold water masterbation and oral i do go up but come down very quick had depression over a year ago and of meds need to find ways that is gonna help me maintain and satisfy my lover

Posted by Rebecca on 09/01/2010 at 04:22

I am wondering how can I handle this problem with my husband I have told that I need intimacy to be quite honest I need sex My body is craving it ,I'm getting sexually frustrated.What should I do

Posted by Derren on 23/12/2009 at 04:33

I am taking some anti inflamatories for some leg pain that I am having and it prevents me from having an erection. Today when the meds were not in my system anymore, the erection was totally there.

Posted by leo on 30/11/2009 at 05:21

have ed for years now about 5 could my arteries be blocked and need surgery

Posted by clarence saunders on 16/07/2009 at 12:40

I have a burging disc in my lower back. Does this cause leg problems??? I am having problem with walking.