What are the Primary Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?


Erectile Dysfunction, also known as impotence, is actually the most common sexual problem among men. Statistics state that over 30+ of men may experience some type of erectile dysfunction at some point in his life. Many men who experience this problem either do not take it seriously enough or they are embarrassed to talk about it. Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient to have satisfactory sexual intercourse. There are many other related conditions that may accompany the inability to achieve or maintain an erection such as lower back pain, diabetes and cardiovascular illness.

Erectile Dysfunction is a condition where the flow of blood into the male genital area is temporarily hindered. This temporary surge of blood often causes a erectile dysfunction by stiffening, stretching and enlarging the penis. If you’ve ever experienced an erection, but it didn’t last very long, chances are it was caused by stress and other issues surrounding sex. Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by emotional issues, high levels of anxiety, too much stress related to other areas of your life, alcohol or drug abuse and traumatic experiences.

The emotional stresses that can lead to erectile dysfunction are typically related to stress and anxiety. The majority of males will experience stress and anxiety from time to time because of their everyday lives. Some males will experience these issues more intensely and frequently than others and while some people can deal with the stress and anxiety well, others will have it worse. When men are dealing with stress and anxiety, the result can be physical effects such as harder erection, harder erections, reduced sex drive, and more.

Another possible physical problem that can lead to ED is physical problems with the blood supply to the penis. Some medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to reduced blood supply. This lowered blood supply can make it more difficult for the body to receive proper nutrients and oxygen. This can eventually lead to erectile dysfunction.

Other psychological causes can also worsen erectile dysfunction. Certain mental disorders, especially those related to stress and anxiety, can take a toll on men’s sexual health. Certain medications, such as depression medications and antipsychotic medications can also make it more difficult to maintain an erection. Depression is associated with a greater risk of ED, as can anxiety and diabetes. The use of psychoactive drugs such as amphetamines and ecstasy can also worsen erectile dysfunction, as can recreational drugs like marijuana and caffeine.

Certain conditions can actually lead to a decrease in blood flow to the genitals, such as high blood sugar, atherosclerosis and pelvic inflammatory disease. Men with diabetes are also at a higher risk of having erectile dysfunction. High blood sugar increases sensitivity to stimuli and makes it harder for the body to get rid of toxins. High blood pressure can weaken blood vessel walls and increase sensitivity to stimuli. It is possible that the increased sensitivity to stimuli may actually contribute to erectile dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is basically the inability to achieve or maintain an erection for a sufficient amount of time. When erectile dysfunction affects one partner, it often effects the other partner as well. When the other partner cannot achieve or maintain an erection, he may withdraw from sex and exhibit other sexual signs that aren’t related to sex such as irritability or stress. The other partner will often report that his performance during sex is unsatisfactory.

There are several different physical causes of erectile dysfunction. These physical causes are mainly vascular, meaning they are flowing through the body and not through the heart. Two of the most common physical causes are high blood pressure and congestive heart disease. High blood pressure can cause atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of cholesterol and fatty plaques on the arteries. High blood pressure can also lead to heart disease, which is a condition that damages the heart muscle and reduces blood flow.

Another physical cause of erectile dysfunction is stress. Stress is known to increase the heart rate and blood pressure as well as contributing to anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is important that if you feel any stress related symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately to find the root cause and treat it. Your doctor can prescribe medications that can reduce stress, improve your memory, lower your cholesterol, reduce your stress hormones, and help to control your diabetes. We recommend contacting the men’s ED clinic at to learn more.

Another common medical condition that is associated with the risk factors of erectile dysfunction is diabetes and tobacco use. Both smoking and diabetes increase the risk factors for ED because both conditions decrease blood flow to the penis. Blood flow to the penis is necessary to maintain an erection, so diabetes and tobacco use significantly reduce the amount of blood flow to the penis.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, smoking is the leading cause of erectile dysfunction in men. This disease affects about one out of every nine men who are sexually active. It is particularly important to quit smoking if you are diabetic or have a family history of diabetes. Smoking is a leading cause of all types of cancers, including lung, prostate, and cervical cancer.

Another common medical condition that increases the risk factors for erectile dysfunction is prostate cancer. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, more than one million men have the condition in the United States alone. Prostate cancer can affect men even at younger ages, so men need to be particularly aware of the risk factors for prostate cancer. They include age, race, body mass index, cigarette smoking, having multiple sex partners, having sexual intercourse frequently and having multiple sex partners. If any of these risk factors are present in your life at any time, you should speak with your doctor immediately.

Hailen Kazz
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