Erectile dysfunction is the problem of not being able to get or maintain a strong erection or consistently ejaculate. Whilst some of the causes can be psychological, the vast majority are, in fact, physical and it is these that we will take a look at in this article.
It is believed that some 30 million men in the United States have or do experience erectile dysfunction as a common occurrence. As men grow older, their chance of developing erectile dysfunction increases. Where men are diagnosed with some sort of cardiovascular issue, their chance of suffering from erectile dysfunction increases even further.
Erectile dysfunction can have a massive impact on a man’s sex life and, in the worst cases, can lead to mental health issues, such as depression, low self-esteem, and stress. By looking at some of the most common physical causes of erectile dysfunction, you will easily identify what is causing your case.
Nerve & Neurological Disorders
Those men who suffer from certain nerve and neurological disorders are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction because of the brain’s inability to communicate with and send signals to the reproductive system. It is this that impacts the ability to get an erection in the very first place.
Some of these disorders include a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, temporal lobe epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spinal / brain tumors.
The endocrine system is responsible for regulating sexual function, mood, metabolism, reproduction, and several other functions within the human body.
An example of this is diabetes and this can cause men to experience erectile dysfunction. This is because it has an impact on the ability to excrete the hormone that is known as insulin. Diabetes can also cause nerve damage and thus can lead to the penis becoming less sensitive than normal.
These conditions affect the heart and impact its ability to pump blood around the body, thus leading to erectile dysfunction. This is because where enough blood is not able to reach the penis, an erection is difficult to achieve.
A condition known as atherosclerosis, which causes clogging of the blood vessels, can also cause erectile dysfunction. Hypertension and having high cholesterol levels also impact a man’s ability to get an erection.
Other forms of treatment for erectile dysfunction include making serious changes to your lifestyle, using a mechanical pump device, oral medication, and natural remedies. However, as we know, prevention is a much better method of combating illness than a cure is. You can do some things to fight off erectile dysfunction, including exercising regularly, getting a sufficient amount of sleep, minimizing stress in your life, eating healthily, and refraining from using drugs, cigarettes, and/or alcohol.