Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED or impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection on repeated occasions. It's estimated that about two of every 100 American men have erectile dysfunction serious enough to warrant a doctor's visit, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. As men age, the chances of struggling with ED can increase. So what causes ED?
1. Medical Conditions
Serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, could be the cause of erectile dysfunction. Other medical conditions that could cause ED include diabetes, chronic kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Peyronie’s disease and diseases that affect blood flow. Atherosclerosis, the narrowing of blood vessels throughout parts of the body, is believed to be the most common cause of erectile dysfunction and a warning sign of a future heart attack or stroke.
Certain medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, or blood pressure medications could make it difficult for you to get or keep an erection. While these drugs may treat a condition, they can also affect hormones, nerves, or blood circulation, which all can attribute to erectile dysfunction.
If you think your ED may be caused by your medication, it’s best to consult your physician.
3. Emotional Distress or Stress
Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, guilt, and fear of sexual failure are other contributing factors when it comes to ED. These are usually temporary causes, and could possibly be remedied through sex therapy.
4. Physical Injury
While exercise is great for your health, be cautious of any physical activity that could injure your lower half, as injuries to this area of the body could cause erectile dysfunction.
5. Lifestyle Choices
Tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs can all damage a man's blood vessels and/or restrict blood flow to the penis, causing ED. By changing some of your lifestyle choices, you could remedy your ED without the use of other treatment.
If you’re struggling with ED, the best way to find the right treatment for you is to talk to an urologist. I would be very happy to discuss the evaluation and best treatment options for your ED. You can call 215-563-1199 to schedule a consultation with me or contact us online.