What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
A number of causes and conditions can
cause erectile dysfunction
Sexual arousal is a complex process, both in men and women. This system involves not only the muscles, blood
vessels, and emotions but the nerves, hormones, and brain. There are many potential causes of erectile dysfunction,
some of which are physical while others are psychological.
Here's a look at some of the most common causes of Erectile Dysfunction and ED treatment options that may help you.
|Physical and psychological problems and conditions can potentialy cause erectile
Psychological Causes of ED
Sometimes erectile dysfunction is the result of a psychological cause like depression or widower syndrome, or it may be caused by
performance anxiety, or stress and anxiety that interferes with sexual arousal. Emotions can also interfere with
sex, including feeling stressed, self-conscious, or dealing with relationship problems. Be sure to address any
emotional or psychological problems you think may be part of the problem with your doctor. There may be
treatment options like therapy or antidepressants that can help you.
Endocrine Disease and ED
The endocrine system is responsible for producing hormones that govern everything from mood and reproduction to
metabolism and sexual function. Diabetes is
one of the most common types of endocrine disease that leads to erectile dysfunction. Diabetes that isn't well
controlled can lead to nerve damage which affects sensation in the penis. It can also impair blood flow and hormone
levels, both of which can make it difficult to achieve and sustain an erection. ED drugs and/or hormone therapy are
standard treatments for diabetes-related erectile dysfunction.
Neurological Disorders and ED
There are a number of neurological disorders that can lead to ED by interfering with the brain's ability to
communicate with the body's reproductive system. Alzheimer's disease and stroke are two examples of neurological
disorders that can impair a man's ability to achieve an erection.
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Cardiac Conditions and ED
A condition that interferes with the heart's ability to pump blood throughout the body can easily lead to the
dysfunction, as there may not be sufficient blood flow to the penis to sustain an erection. Atherosclerosis, or
clogged arteries, is one of the most common causes of ED, along with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Erectile dysfunction drugs like Cialis can be an effective
Medication Side Effects
Many medications -- both over-the-counter and prescription -- can interfere with blood flow and cause erectile dysfunction. Medications that can cause ED include beta-blockers, central
nervous system depressants like Xanax and codeine, stimulants like cocaine, diuretics, and synthetic
The bottom line is there are many potential causes of erectile dysfunction and there is no way to know for sure
what is causing your it without a thorough evaluation and review of your medical history. There are several
treatment options that may work for you. The first step is scheduling an appointment with a physician to learn more
about medications for the dysfunction, hormone replacement, and other treatment options.