Erectile dysfunction should not be viewed only as a sexual health condition.

This is because the condition, defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse, could well be an indication of serious underlying conditions, Dr Ronny Tan explained.

This is because some risk factors that cause erectile dysfunction are also risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, the urologist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital pointed out.

Other than mental or emotional causes, physical causes of erectile dysfunction include vascular disease and diabetes.

To keep family physicians here and in Asia updated on the treatment options available for erectile dysfunction, the Society of Men's Health Singapore developed a booklet on erectile dysfunction. The booklet will be available to both doctors and members of the public in January.