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Does taking Viagra affect fertility?

Dr Tom Brett: Viagra will improve your ability to get and maintain an erection. So will therefore improve your sex life and therefore all the chances of getting your partner pregnant. There have been some reports in the media and the medical press that Viagra can cause sperm damage and these reports are exceedingly rare.

Can I take Viagra if I have diabetes or cardiovascular diseases?

Dr Christine Hennessey: Suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular disease means erectile dysfunction is more common. Anti impotence drugs such as Viagra can be used in these situations. I recommend you get these conditions as well controlled as possible and you will also need to check that your not on any drugs that interact with Viagra or other similar drugs.

Is erectile dysfunction a natural part of the ageing process?

Dr Tom Brett: Erectile dysfunction tends to be more common in men over the age of 40. This is not only because erectile dysfunction is apart of the natural ageing process but is also because conditions such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity tend to be more common in men over that age group. These conditions all contribute towards causing erectile dysfunction.

Can tiredness contribute erectile dysfunction?

Dr Christine Hennessey: Yes. Sexual desire, libido and a difficulty of getting an erection will be affected by being too tired or plan ol’ lack of fitness.

Does excessive masturbation cause erectile dysfunction?

Dr Tom Brett: Depends what your definition of excessive is. If your talking about ejaculating and masturbating several times in an hour then yes you may well get some problems getting an erection from sheer exhaustion if nothing else. If however you are only masturbating once or twice a day then this is quite normal and is highly unlikely to cause erectile dysfunction.

Do tight jeans and underwear lead to erectile dysfunction?

Dr Samantha Wellappili: No. Not in the short term however long term compression of the testicles can lead to impaired fertility.

Do I have erectile dysfunction because I’m not attracted to my partner anymore?

Dr Tom Brett: Sadly ED can be a result of not being attracted to your partner anymore. However it is important to realise there are other causes of erectile dysfunction besides this, which can be far more serious. These include:

• High blood pressure

• Diabetes

• High cholesterol

• Obesity

Can using a bad saddle on a bicycle cause erectile dysfunction?

Dr Samantha Wellappili: Yes. Excessive cycling can cause symptoms of ED. This is due to the pressure on the nerves at the base of the penis. What we would recommend to use a good saddle and if the discomfort prolonged after cycling its worth speaking to your GP about it.

10900 Published March 2013

Review Scheduled March 2014

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