Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
For many years, doctors tended to blame erectile dysfunction on either the normal aging process or on psychological problems. But recent research by urologists has revealed a number of physical factors that can inflict ED on men of any age or mental health level. Understanding the cause(s) behind your performance issues will help you choose the proper treatment and care.
Going with the (blood) flow
The physical process of an erection mainly involves the blood vessels in the penis. As such, any medical condition that restricts blood flow can trigger ED. Several common diseases that can cause this are diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome and hardening of the arteries. Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease also known to cause issues with blood flow as well as the nervous system, and a faulty vein may cause blood to drain too quickly. Certain hormonal imbalances and surgical procedures that affect the spinal cord or pelvic area may also cause ED.
Nerves of (imperfect) steel
The nervous system controls the vascular processes associated with ED, and certain drugs and other substances are known interfere with necessary nerve signals. Tobacco use is a significant cause of erectile function, as are excessive alcohol consumption and recreational drug use. Some prescription medications can alter the nervous system, along with treatments for prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate.
An unhealthy lifestyle
When your body isn’t in top shape, it can stop performing just like a car would. Obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are all ED risk factors. In younger men, ED is more likely to result from some form of physical trauma, such as a sudden sports injury or repetitive long-distance big riding. Sleep disorders or excessive fatigue can also cause performance issues.
Although psychological factors are no longer considered a primary root of ED, they still can cause problems. Depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions can cause ED on their own or exacerbate a previously mild form stemming from a physical condition. Stress also contributes to ED, as do general relationship problems.
If you’re having frequent performance issues, you should see your doctor right away. A proper diagnosis of your ED is vital to getting the correct treatment. Once you know the cause, you’ll be well on your way to getting pointed in the right direction.