Millions of men experience erectile dysfunction, and the older they get, the more common it is. Erectile dysfunction can happen due to a variety of reasons. For many men, the causes are psychological – stress, anxiety, depression, or poor self image. But for many others, the problem is medical. The following are five causes of erection problems any man can experience, regardless of their mood.
Because achieving and sustaining an erection requires blood flood, any disease that impairs blood vessels can cause ED. This includes kidney disease, diabetes, and heart disease disease, which can be exasperated by narrowed or blocked arteries, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Also, because getting an erection also calls on the nervous system, any issue that impairs the nervous system can result in ED. This includes nerve or brain disorders, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease.
Surgical procedures in the pelvic area can damage the nerves and tissue needed to get an erection. Such surgeries include procedures to cure prostate cancer and bladder cancer, or to repair injuries to the pelvis, bladder, spinal cord, or penis. The nerve or tissue damage can be temporary or permanent, depending on the procedure.
Among other causes of erection problems are hormone fluctuations, specifically testosterone. Testosterone calls on brain receptors to produce the molecule nitric oxide, which smoothens the penile muscle so an erection can occur. If you have low testosterone, the brain does not produce as much nitric oxide, so ED can occur. There are, however, many ways men can naturally increase testosterone levels.
Another cause of ED has to do with the actual mechanics of the penis. When a man is aroused, the penis muscle relaxes enough for blood to flow into the penis. The inflow of blood expands the spongy tissue inside the penis, which pinches off the veins and keeps the blood in the penis. With venous leak, either through illness or injury, the pinching of the veins doesn’t hold, and blood therefore cannot stay held in the penis to sustain the erection.
While many men take prescription medications to treat conditions that are much more serious than erectile dysfunction, the downside is that many of these drugs are among the causes of erection problems. There are over 200 prescription drugs that can affect men’s hormones, nerves, or blood circulation and can result in ED. Common culprits include Prozac, Valium, Tagamet, and Benadryl.
If you’re experiencing any of these causes of erection problems, rest assured there are solutions. Talk to your doctor about the available treatment options, including vacuum therapy. This method produces immediate and firm results often not achievable through medications or surgery.
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