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What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is the failure to get or maintain an erection to be able to have a sexual relationship.

Having erection problems from time to time is not necessarily a reason to worry. If erectile dysfunction is a continuous problem, however, it can cause stress, affect self-confidence and contribute to problems in relationships. The problems of getting or maintaining an erection can also be a sign of an undiagnosed disease that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease.

If you are worried about erectile dysfunction, talk to a doctor, even if you are embarrassed. Sometimes, the treatment of an undiagnosed disease is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments may be needed.

Do you want to know more about erectile dysfunction?

We recommend that you further your reading about this issue on the NHS website.

Which mushrooms can help you in situations of impotence or loss of sexual appetite?

Cordyceps

Food supplements of Cordyceps sinensis are considered potent aphrodisiacs having the ability to increase sexual appetite. Their extracts help to increase libido and support a healthy sex drive.

This mushrooms have also shown to to regulate hormonal activity. Studies have found this mushroom to increase physical power, reduce fatigue and enhance sports performance.

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