What Causes Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Many different conditions can lead to Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Most of the causes of ED are health problems requiring treatment to help prevent more serious complications:

- Alcohol and drug abuse can cause ED by damaging blood vessels and deadening the nerves that control erections.

- Diabetes injures blood vessels and the nerves that control erections.

- Unhealthy habits like smoking, overeating, and avoiding exercise can also contribute to ED.

- High blood pressure and high cholesterol can injure the arteries that supply blood to the penis.

- Some prescription drugs such as some antidepressants or some high blood pressure medicines can cause ED. Your doctor may be able to change your drug treatment. Never stop taking a prescribed drug without talking to your doctor.

- Anything that’s bad for your heart is also bad for your sexual health.

- A small number of ED cases result from a reduced level of the male hormone testosterone.

- An injury to the spinal cord can cause ED by interfering with nerve signals.

- Treatments for prostate cancer, including radiation and prostate removal, can damage the nerves that control erections.

- Diseases that affect the nerves, like multiple sclerosis, can also lead to erection problems.

- Doctors used to believe that most cases of ED resulted from mental or emotional problems. We now know that most ED has a physical cause. But depression and worry or anxiety can still cause ED. And ED from physical causes can lead to depression and worry, making physical ED worse.

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