Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the medical term used for when people experience difficulty maintaining an erect penis. Erectile dysfunction affects one in five Australians aged over 40 to some degree. Of these, about half can't have an erection at all.

Many treatment options are available and most can be managed by your general practitioner (GP).

The time it takes for men to ejaculate varies greatly. Premature ejaculation is the term used for ejaculating too quickly. It's a very common and frustrating problem for those affected.

Once the cause of the problem has been identified, effective treatments are available.

Organisations that specialise in this area of reproductive and/or sexual health

Where to get more information, support or advice

  • Contact your local doctor (GP)
  • Contact Sexual Health Victoria's clinics


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Last updated: 5 June 2016

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