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Dr Christian:

I’ve noticed that quite a few of you have been brave enough to admit to suffering from erectile dysfunction. The truth is that all men will suffer from some sort of erectile dysfunction at some stage in their lives, but the good news is that for the vast majority this will correct itself in time.

Lots of you have written in to ask why can you get an erection when your masturbating but not during sex? And this is where we start to look at the various causes of erectile dysfunction. Some people can never really get or sustain an erection and often the cause of that is a physical one, problems with the nerves or problems with the blood supply. Others get a good erection when masturbating or find they get spontaneous erections early in the morning or during the night but are unable to perform with a partner and the causes of this are usually more psychological, to do with anxiety or self esteem.

A lot of you are asking about the possible causes of erectile dysfunction and the truth is there are many, lifestyle often plays a part. Not enough sleep, not enough exercise and too much alcohol are the common ones. Being overweight is another one. But another common cause of erectile dysfunction is actually a more serious underlying problem like heart disease, circulatory problems or diabetes. So if you have been suffering from it, do go and get a full check up with your GP.

One young man here is worried he’s getting too many erections during the day. Well, actually it’s completely normal for young men. Changes in testosterone levels during puberty and early adulthood, usually rises in testosterone cause erections and you’ll notice them particularly early in the morning or during the night. They’re nothing to worry about at all; it shows that everything is working properly.

A lot of you have left comments about premature ejaculation, saying how embarrassed you are about it. It’s actually surprisingly common; it can have a number of different causes including bad early sexual experiences and also underlying medical problems like diabetes. There are treatments available however so don’t let it affect you relationship. Go along and have a chat with your GP. Erectile dysfunction is not as beyond your control as you may think. Very common causes that I see in clinic include stress, smoking and being overweight. Those are all things that you can do something about.

If you have any further questions about your sexual health, why not try the male sexual health My VideoDoctor available on this website.

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Doctor Responses: Erectile Dysfunction

In this frank video, Dr Christian tackles some of the most common questions men have about erectile dysfunction. He discusses its possible causes, what you can do about it and why it’s entirely normal.

Most of the questions Dr Christian answers were submitted by Embarrassing Bodies website visitors on our erectile dysfunction condition guide.

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I can get and maintain an erection when I masterbate but when it comes down to having sex with sombody I carnt get an erection at all please help and I'm only 23





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I was tested positive with gonorrhea and chlamydia was treated i was scare to let my partner know had sex with him again, 3 months later was tested again but was only positive with clymedia does that mean that i only infected my partner with one std?





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Pls Dr I need some help I was good in sex one problem pie a lot almost 5years two years become worst about sex I don't get erection and drop some water after pie I after clearing pie I have been to gp nothin only medicine





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My boyfriend and I recently was diagnosed and treated for chlamydia. We had sex 2days after the treatment protected and the condom broke. Do we need to go get treated again?





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I always get erections when I am talking to girls. This can be a problem because when they see they laugh at me. How can I stop this? What can I do?





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Hi I'm 14 how to I ejaculate ?





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Hi my partner had 2heartatcks amd two strokes 2 yrs ago and had tp wesr cathaterc for a whike now he cant get am eraction are ejulate can u help





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I can't have an eraction since long time ago

since my two bypasses our sex life is zero I used to be ok with my wife and now we don't have sex due to me not being as you say turned on I love her to bits and I wish I could do it if only once a month I feel very inadequate I am 66 and my wife is 60 but the last 10yrs has been absolutly terrible for me





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are there any drugs out there that are true and safe to use, as have tried the intenet, and have been advised not to use visswiss, I need something to mentally and physically stimulate me. I know weight loss is a key problem, 15 stone, now signing up for gym membership. but would like to try tablets to assist.





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Hi. I am 23. I ejaculate about 1 minute from starting sex. It's not much fun for my partner. What can I do





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