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The Condition

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Erectile Dysfunction FAQs

 

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is inability to achieve an erection that is sufficient enough for sexual intercourse. Also call impotence, ED can result in low self-esteem, emotional distress, and relationship turmoil. In many cases, ED is the result of a medical problem, but it can also spur from a psychological condition. Age is a significant contributor to the development of erectile dysfunction.

 

Occasionally having trouble getting an erection is normal. However, the condition of ED is considered when one more of the following happens frequently, or lasts a long time:

 

  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Trouble maintaining an erection
  • Problems getting an erection

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How Common is Erectile Dysfunction?

[vc_column_text]ED affects around 35% of men, and up to 50% of men age 75 and older.[/vc_column_text]

What are the Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction?

[vc_column_text]Certain conditions can increase the risk of developing erectile dysfunction. These risk factors include:

  • Having a heart condition
  • Having diabetes
  • Using tobacco
  • Being overweight
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Radiation treatments
  • Prostate surgery
  • Taking certain medications (blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, antihistamines)
  • Injury to the nerves/arteries that control erections
  • Having depression or anxiety
  • Being a cyclist

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What are the Most Common Causes of ED?

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  • Arteriosclerosis – Hardening and narrowing of the arteries results in reduction of blood flow throughout the body, and is associated with age. This accounts for 50% of impotence in older men.

 

  • Diabetes – Having high blood sugar damages the small blood vessels and nerves, and impairs ability to achieve erection.

 

  • Hormone imbalances – A testosterone deficiency causes loss of erection and libido (sexual desire). Excess prolactin reduces testosterone, and results from pituitary gland tumors, kidney disease, or liver disease.

 

  • Neurologic conditions – This includes brain and spinal cord injuries that affect transfer of nerve impulses to the penis. Includes Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis.

 

  • Pelvic surgery or trauma – Injury to the pelvic region from trauma or surgery can damage veins and nerves necessary for erection. Surgeries can damage blood vessels and nerves involved in erection. Bladder cancer or prostate cancer surgery requires removal of tissue and nerves around the tumor, which puts a person at risk for impotence. Radical cystectomy (bladder removal) or prostatectomy (prostate removal) requires removal of nerves that control penile blood flow. Any of these procedures will result in ED.

 

  • Peyronie’s disease – This rare inflammatory condition causes scarring of the erectile tissues. Scars can produce curvature of the penis that interferes with sexual function and results in painful erections.

 

  • Venous leak – The veins of the penis are responsible for blood leaving the penis. During an erection, a leak will prevent engorgement of the penis. Leaking is often the result of a disease, injury, or damage to the veins of the penis.

 

  • Psychological conditions – Emotions contribute to ability to arouse sexual feelings. Issues like stress, anxiety, depression, and other disorders can cause erectile dysfunction because of lack of sexual desire. When libido is affected, ED can occur.

 

  • Self-image – Self-esteem and confidence are two things that affect your emotions. If a man has a decreased self of worth, or a low self-image, it can lead to problems achieving erection.

 

  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy – Called BPH, an enlarged prostate occurs in around 60% of men over the age of 60 years. This can lead to inability to get an erection.

 

  • Metabolic syndrome – This is a cluster of conditions that includes excess abdominal fat, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. These problems together all contribute to ED.

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