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    Erectile dysfunction and fertility - sperm health?

    Just wondering if my partner who has difficulty sustaining an erection and needs to be stimulated constantly to keep the erection hard. It goes soft quickly but still able to ejaculate. Just wondering if it is still possible to pregnate me if we are having unprotected sex. Is the sperm alive or dead?
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    Dr Barry Wren

    Endocrinologist, Gynaecologist

    Dr Barry Wren was one of the original founders of the International Menopause Society in 1976 and subsequently founded the Australian Menopause Society, becoming its … View Profile

    when a man is unable to sustain an erection, it is generally because the valves in the veins draining from the penis have become incompetent. This may be due to a deficiency in the vascular system but is more frequently because the male is taking some medication to open the vessels and reduce blood pressure. If a man suffers from premature ejaculation the penis usually undergoes a ‘collapse’ as the blood drains out of the penis, but the sperm is still viable and a woman may still be impregnated. Age plays a role in all the above problems for men but all of these situations can be managed by an andrologist, a urologist or occasionally a psychologist who deals with sexual dysfunction.

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