Erectile Dysfunction is so called when the penis does not get erect. A penis gets erect when the blood enters the penis and that blood is retained by the internal parts of the penis. When the penis does not respond when sexually stimulated then this is called Erectile Dysfunction. Erectile Dysfunction is defined as difficulty to get an erection.
The medical area that Erectile Dysfunction falls under for physical treatment is the specialty called Urology. When the Erectile Dysfunction is due to psychological reasons then the Erectile Dysfunction is treated by a physiologist.
It is reported that millions of men suffer from Erectile Dysfunction in the United States. Erectile Dysfunction is sometimes referred to as impotence. It is called Erectile Dysfunction if a male suffers from it on a regular basis. If a male only encounters the inability to get or maintain an erection only occasionally then it is not considered a true case of Impotence. This could happen if it has been a stressful day or the male is simply not in the correct mood to get an erection or a temporary failure to get an erection may be related to the psychological state of the mind at that specific place in time.
There are two categories when a male can be defined as having Erectile Dysfunction one of which is physical and the other is considered psychological. When the Erectile Dysfunction is considered physical then it may be due to a number of different reasons, none of which can be considered psychological.
When the impotence is physical it may be caused by numerous reasons. One of the reasons are smoking too much which puts nicotine into the body. Along with the many other disadvantages of smoking such as lung cancer, nicotine may also be a cause of impotence.