Causes of Erectile Dysfunction: Medication, Stress, and More
Studies show about 1 in 2 men over the age of 50 have some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED). While ED becomes more common as men age, growing old is not the only cause.
At one time, medical professionals thought psychological problems, like stress and anxiety, were the main causes of erectile dysfunction. Recent studies show many cases are due to an underlying illness. ED can be an early warning sign of a more serious problem. Therefore, diagnosing and treating the conditions that cause ED are important for your health, and your sex life.
In this blog, we are going to tell you the causes of erectile dysfunction, both the physical causes and emotional causes.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) – in a nutshell
Erectile dysfunction is the most common sex problem men report to their doctor. ED is defined as trouble getting or keeping an erection that’s firm enough for sex.
Though it’s not rare for a man to have problems with erection from time to time, ED that comes on slowly over time or regularly with sex is not normal. It should be treated.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction may include:
- getting an erection, but not lasting long enough for sex
- getting an erection, but not when you want to have sex
- not being able to get an erection at all
When it becomes bothersome, your doctor can help find the cause of erectile dysfunction that can help treat the problem from the root.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
ED can result from health problems, emotional issues, or both.
The physical causes of erectile dysfunction
- Factors that affect vessels or nerves and restrict blood flow to the penis
Many health issues can reduce blood flow to the penis. For example: peripheral artery disease or atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, and smoking.
- The penis cannot trap blood during erection
If blood does not stay in the penis, a man cannot keep an erection. This issue can happen at any age.
- Nerve signals from the brain or spinal cord do not reach the penis
Certain diseases, injury or surgery in the pelvic area can harm nerves to the penis.
- Cancer treatments near the pelvis affect how the penis functions
Surgery or radiation for prostate, colorectal or bladder cancer may leave men with ED. Cancer survivors should see a specialist for sexual health concerns.
- Drugs used to treat other health problems negatively impact erections
Patients should talk about drug side-effects with their primary care doctors.
Also Read: 10 Common Causes Of Male Infertility
The emotional causes of erectile dysfunction
Sex needs both the mind and body to work together. Emotional or relationship problems can cause or worsen ED.
Some emotional issues that can lead to ED are:
- Relationship conflicts
- Stress at home or work
- Stress from social, cultural or religious conflicts
- Worry about sexual performance
Getting help for erectile dysfunction
Diagnosing ED starts with a conversation. Your doctor will ask you questions about your general health and erection problem. Your doctor may also conduct a physical exam, order lab tests or refer you to a specialist.
It’s important to find the cause of erectile dysfunction to help direct your treatment. Therefore, be open and honest about your condition.
You can take homeopathic help for ED. Homeopathy has an effective way of treating erectile dysfunction and male infertility, that too without any side-effects which accompany oral medications. Homeopathy takes into consideration actual symptoms of erectile dysfunction along with individual personality traits like lifestyle, body build-up, mental makeup, and temperament. That is how homeopathic medicines are able to treat the root cause of the problem and address the problem in its entirety.
Besides taking medical help, it is imperative to make certain lifestyle changes to enjoy happy and healthy sex life. If you’re physically active and do some sort of exercise daily, your chances of recovery are better. Those men who have the habit of smoking or drinking should quit these habits. Eating a natural and balanced diet also helps in maintaining good sexual health.
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