Erection problems are very common, most men can expect them to happen many times during their lifetime. However, they can be distressing, and sometimes the sign of other health problems.
I am asked about erection problems a lot, so have written a guide called Erection Difficulties Explained (downloadable from this link) to help you or your partner understand why erection problems happen, how to try and fix them yourself, when to seek help, and what happens if you see a doctor or therapist.
If you have erection problems it can be reassuring to know that you are not alone, and you can hear men speaking frankly to me about living with erection difficulties in the documentary ‘Impotential’, created with Loftus Media for BBC Radio 4. You can listen to this 30 minute programme here.
Or you might find this short piece I wrote on Six ways to cope with erection problems helpful (it contains audio clips of men and their partners discussing erection difficulties).
I used a number of resources to create the programme, many are listed in the guide above, along with the following books and papers:
Sexual Function in 16 to 21-Year-Olds in Britain (full text)
More resources from the Natsal studies here
Improving the treatment of men’s sexual functioning in secondary care (scroll through document to find paper)
Erectile Dysfunction (full text)
The role of the sexual partner in managing erectile dysfunction (abstract only)
ABC of Sexual Health: Taking A Sexual History (full text)
The Viagra Phenomenon (abstract only)
The papers of two recent studies summarised here by Justin Lehmiller about porn use and erectile dysfunction Is pornography use a risk factor for erectile dysfunction? and More Evidence That Pornography Use Is Not A General Risk Factor For Erectile Dysfunction