What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain a hard-on, and it affects about 1 in 3 sexually active adult men in Canada. Erections are usually measured (yes, someone gets paid to do that) by whether they’re soft, aroused, or hard. An ‘aroused’ penis might grow larger; while a ‘hard’ penis is fully erect and rigid enough for anal penetration. Erectile dysfunction happens when the progression from soft to hard is interrupted.

Millions of guys in Canada experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. It’s sometimes difficult to talk about it, but there are many treatments available, and ways to reduce the lifestyle-related contributing factors.

Depression is a major cause of erectile dysfunction (and sexual issues can worsen the symptoms and impact of ED). If you’re experiencing depression, consider speaking to a doctor or counsellor to get to the root of the problem; many guys erections tend to improve as depression lifts through counselling or medication.