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Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Believe it or not, a lot of physical processes need to work correctly for a man to achieve and hold an erection. Nerves must fire in the brain down the genital area, muscles need to relax, and blow needs to flow into the penis. Unfortunately, for many men, this process does not work correctly and subsequently erectile dysfunction occurs.

There are many different causes of erectile dysfunction, most of which are physical. Here are the most common physical causes of erectile dysfunction:

Diabetes: Diabetes can damage certain nerves and blood vessels that are required for an erection. If diabetes is not controlled well, a man is twice as likely to develop erection dysfunction.

Kidney Disease: Kidney disease affects numerous parts of the body required to get an erection. Poor kidney health stops blood flow to the penis, damages the nervous system, and causes your hormones to become imbalanced. Poor kidney health also causes low energy levels and lowers sex drive

Neurological Problems: The nervous system is arguably the most important part to getting an erection. Without signals from the brain to the penis, an erection cannot occur. Health problems like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s Disease all can cause sexual dysfunction, including ED.

Blood Vessel Diseases: Certain vascular diseases can obstruct blood flow to the penis, resulting in ED. Altherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are three of the most common vascular problems that can cause ED.

Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer doesn’t cause ED itself, but many of the treatments can lead to temporary or even permanent ED. This is why proper treatment of prostate cancer is needed to avoid ED.

Prescription Drugs: There are over 200 prescription drugs that are known to cause ED. Depending on the medical problem, there might be no other prescription available to stop the symptoms of ED.

Injury: An injury to the pelvis, bladder, spinal cord, or penis can cause temporary ED. Most of the time, the damage is not permanent.

Surgery: Surgery to prostate and bladder cancer can temporarily damage nerves and other tissues needed for an erection. Most of the time the tissues heal between 6 and 18 months. However, in some cases the damage is permanent. In these cases, special treatment options are needed to stop the symptoms of ED.

Hormonal Problems: Depression, hormone therapy, and problems in the pituitary gland can cause hormonal levels to become imbalanced. Specifically, testosterone fuels a man’s sex drive and if this hormone is out of whack, he may not be able to achieve an erection.

These are the most common problems but there are other problems including: alcohol and tobacco use, obesity, emotional problems, venous leak, and an enlarged prostate.