The Main Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

There are numerous clear and obvious possible causes of Erectile Dysfunction. Here, we list the main causes of Erectile Dysfunction and how you can address them to beat ED once and for all.

Possible Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction may be caused by physical or psychological problems, with common physical causes of ED including, for instance:

  • Alcoholism and drug/other substance abuse
  • In older men, ED is often caused by blood vessel issues or hormonal changes
  • Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
  • Certain prescribed medications, including antihistamines, antidepressants and high blood pressure, prostrate and pain medications
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep disorders
  • Metabolic syndrome (involving high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high insulin levels and increased body fat (especially around the waist)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peyronie’s disease (i.e. development of internal scar tissue within the penis)
  • Surgery or injuries affecting the spinal cord or pelvic area
  • Tobacco use, which restricts the flow of blood to arteries & veins and can, over time, lead to chronic health conditions with the potential to cause erectile dysfunction
  • Treatments for an enlarged prostate or prostate/other cancers (i.e. surgery, chemical and/or radiation treatment)
  • Injuries, particularly if nerves or arteries controlling erections are damaged

Psychological causes of ED may, for instance, consist of:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Other mental health conditions
  • Relationship issues brought on by stress, lack of/poor communication and/or other concerns

The stress & embarrassment of a one-off failure to achieve or maintain an erection could also leave a man feeling the need to “prove himself”. This (self-imposed) pressure to perform can then in turn be enough to cause further problems and consequently “lock him” in a self-perpetuating “pressure-failure” cycle.

Addressing the Main Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

While having the occasional “spot of trouble” is rarely a cause for concern, consistent ED could, as the above list of conditions shows, indicate a potentially serious underlying illness. The first step towards beating ED is therefore to speak to your doctor, who will most likely begin by asking questions about your medical history and performing a careful examination of your testicles and penis, as well as checking related nerves for sensation.

If your doctor suspects there may be an underlying condition or if you suffer with chronic health problems, he may also suggest blood tests, urine tests and/or an ultrasound examination. He may also ask you diverse questions designed to screen for depression, anxiety and/or other potential psychological causes.

Having diagnosed the cause of your ED, he will then recommend a suitable treatment to deal with it. Depending on the responsible condition, such treatments may, for example, involve medication, surgery or physiotherapy. In the event of the cause being psychological, he may also suggest counselling sessions.

Treating Erectile Dysfunction

In many cases, treating underlying causes is enough to put an end to ED. Sometimes, however, a little “extra help” is required. Depending on the underlying condition, your doctor may suggest and explain the benefits & risks of varying ED treatment options, which may include diverse injected or oral medications; hormone replacement, surgery and/or penile implants; exercise, vacuum-pump or other devices.

You and your partner can then decide which of these options you would prefer. Man Go can also offer more detailed information on varying treatment options, helpful advice and suitable products to help you beat ED. Why not browse our ED Treatments right now?

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