Erectile dysfunction (ED) can have many causes, such ascertain medical conditions, medications andstress.
It's important to identifythe cause of erectile dysfunction and treat any underlying conditions.
Whena manbecomes sexually excited (aroused), his brain sends signals to the nerves in his penis. The nerves increase the blood flow to the penis, causing the tissue to expand and harden.
Anything that interferes with the nervous system or the blood circulation could lead toerectile dysfunction.
Anything that affects the level of sexual desire (libido)can also causeerectile dysfunction because a Loss of libido makes it more difficult for the brain to trigger an erection. Psychological conditions, such as depression , can reduce libido, as can changes in hormone levels (chemicals produced by the body).
There are four main types of health conditions that can cause physical problems resulting inerectile dysfunction. These are:
Penis injuries or surgical treatment of the penis, pelvis or surrounding areas can sometimes lead to erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is also thought to occur in up to 15-25% of people whoexperience a severe head injury .
Examples of vasculogenic conditions that cause erectile dysfunction include:
Erectile dysfunctionis strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. For this reason, it may be one of the first causes your GP considers whenmaking a diagnosisand planning your treatment.
Examples of neurogenic conditions that causeerectile dysfunction include:
Examples of hormonal conditions that causeerectile dysfunction include:
Peyronie's disease, which affects the tissue of the penis, is an example of an anatomical condition that can causeerectile dysfunction.
In some men,certain medicines can causeerectile dysfunction, including:
Speak to your GP if you are concerned that a prescribed medicine is causing erectile dysfunction. Alternative medication may be available. However,it is important never tostop taking a prescribed medicine unless you are advised to do so by a qualified healthcare professional who is responsible for your care.
Possible psychological causes oferectile dysfunction include:
Erectile dysfunction can often have both physical and psychological causes. For example, if you have diabetes, it may be difficult for you to get an erection, which may cause you to become anxious about the situation. The combination of diabetes and anxiety may lead to an episode of erectile dysfunction.
There aremany emotional issues that may also affect your physical ability to get or maintain an erection. These include:
Other possible causes oferectile dysfunctioninclude:
Men who cycle for more than three hours per week may be recommended to try a period without cycling to see if this helps improve erectile dysfunction.
Riding in the correct position with a properly fitted seat may also help to prevent regular cycling from leading to erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused by many problems, such as other medical conditions and stress related (psychological) issues.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can often be diagnosed by your GP after assessing your situation and doing a physical examination.