5 Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction affects as many as 30 million men
Also known as ED, erectile dysfunction occurs when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse. It’s the most common sex problem that men report. This can happen occasionally to most men, however, ED that occurs frequently is not normal and should be treated.
Our doctors can provide you with the erectile dysfunction treatment that you need. They will start by determining the cause of your ED. Below are five possible causes of your erectile dysfunction.
1: Blocked nerve signals from the brain
To form an erection, your brain must send nerve signals from the brain or spinal cord to the penis. If you have a condition that could block those signals, they could not be delivered. Spinal injuries or mental issues including depression or anxiety could affect the complicated process of increasing blood flow.
2: Not enough blood flow
In order for an erection to form and stay solid, there must be consistently increased blood flow to the penis. Anything that affects your blood flow can affect this process. Diabetes and smoking can decrease blood flow. If you have a more serious illness, like blocked or hardened arteries, heart disease, or high blood pressure, ED may be an early warning sign.
3: Your medications
You may be taking some drugs that can negatively impact erections. For example, anti-depressant drugs classified as SSRIs can affect the complicated process of your brain signaling your body to send more blood to the penis. Our doctors and the doctor who prescribed you the original drug can collaborate to find a solution.
4: The penis cannot trap blood during an erection
Not only must the body respond to the nerve’s request for more blood, but the penis must be able to trap and keep the extra blood. If it cannot, then the erection can not last the entire duration of sexual intercourse. This issue can happen at any age.
5: Lifestyle risk factors of erectile dysfunction
If you have another condition or habit that affects your overall health, it could contribute to your ED. Alcoholism or any substance abuse, sleep disorders, smoking, and obesity can all increase ED.
Are you struggling with ED? Talk to one of our urologists for erectile dysfunction treatment.