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Erectile Dysfunction Causes and Treatments

Published on 15 October 2023 at 13:16

Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction or ED can be confusing and frustrating. It happens to 30 million men according to the American Urological Association. It can affect anyone with a penis and it is pretty common. Even though it is more common in older men, in reality, it can affect anyone, at any age. While there is no cure for ED, there are treatments that can be effective.

But first let's get into some of the causes for ED. Certain medicines can cause this condition. For example, antidepressants and antihistamines. Also, alcohol, smoking, and other recreational drugs can be the cause of it. 

Here are some health conditions that may also cause ED like heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Peonies Disease, sleep disorders, treatment for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate, surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord, low testosterone, and obesity.

So always check with your physician about any heatlh conditions you may have that could be the reason for ED. Sometimes just treating the underlying condition is enough to reverse ED. 

Along with physical ailments, ED can be caused by some mental problems. Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions. Stress is another factor. Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns can contribute. Don't ever be ashamed or afraid to seek help to discuss with a professional what you're experiencing and going through.. it definitely can help you and give you insights to things you may have never known or thought of.

Sometimes both physical and emotional problems are the cause of erectile dysfunction. For example, a minor physical condition that slows down your response to sexual stimulation could cause you to begin to have anxiety about performance about maintaining an erection. The end result is the anxiety is leading to a worse state of ED.

Complications with ED can occur such as unsatisfied sex life, stress or anxiety, embarrassment or low self~esteem, relationship problems and/or the inability to get your partner pregnant.

If you're a partner to someone who is experiencing ED, be understanding and patient. Seek treatment with a professional together. Don't take it personally like you're unattractive. If you lash out and critize or internalize it, it could and probably will cause even more stress in your partner, which in turn does not help ED 

Treatment varies from person to person. After a physical evaluation, there should be a psychological test done.

Depending on the severity of your ED and any underlying health conditions, you may have different treatment options available for you. Your physician will explain the benefits and the risks of every treatment suggested. Here are some treatments that could help.


Oral medications are extremely successful in many men with erectile dysfunction. Some oral medications Inlcude Sidenafil or  Viagra, Taldalafil which is better known as Adcirca and Cialis, Vardennafil also known as Levitra and Staxyn, Avanafil also known as Stendra.

All four of these medications increase the effects of nitric oxide which is a chemical your body makes that relaxes the muscles in the penis. Which in turn increases the blood flow and allows you to obtain an erection in response to sexual stimulation.

Unlike popular belief, taking one of these pills does not automaticlly cause you to become excited and get an erection. Sexual stimulation must take place to cause the nitric oxide from your penile nerves to be released. The medication amplifies that signal which allows normal penile function to happen in some people. These medications will not cause excitement and are not needed in people who obtain normal erections.

There are also what is called Alprostadil urethral suppository, penis pumps, penile implants, and testosterone replacement therapy.

These are different treatments that could work for you. Always get checked out by a physician and seek out the underlying conditions. Don't be embarrassed or ashamed. This is part of life. And in a lot of cases can be effectively treated under a doctor's care. 

Here are some resources for information on Erectile Dysfunction 

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