ED is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection thereby resulting in an unsatisfactory sexual experience.
ED can be a symptom of several underlying issues either on their own or in combination with each other. Risk factors include age, lifestyle (exercise, drinking, smoking), medical conditions and taking medications that make it more likely to occur.
Below we explain the most common causes of ED to help you identify why you may be experiencing the condition.
When the cause of your ED is mental, not physical, it’s referred to as psychological impotence. There are numerous conditions that fall within this category including stress, anxiety, relationship problems, depression, low self-esteem and an addiction to pornography. This category also includes performance anxiety, whereby an apprehension and nervousness about being able to perform leads to it becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
High Blood Pressure
About 30% of men with high blood pressure have some degree of ED. This is because blood pressure and blood flow play a major role in helping to get and to maintain an erection. Hypertension is linked with arteries that have degenerated in some form such as narrowing, rupturing or otherwise damaged. Damaged blood vessels result in weaker, less consistent blood flow throughout the body, a condition that makes developing and keeping an erection much more difficult.
Sometimes hormone imbalance is to blame for ED. The hormone central to healthy erections is testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for male sex drive as it stimulates receptors in the brain for your tissues to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a compound that helps trigger the series of chemical reactions necessary for an erection.
An erection is a neurovascular event and so both the vascular and nervous systems play a vital role. The signals which lead to an erection are instructed by the brain and mediated by the nerves. If there are issues with nerve signalling to the penis, like with conditions such as diabetes, problems may arise. Studies have shown that men who showed more signs of nerve damage also reported more severe symptoms of sexual dysfunction and impotence.
Treatments for ED
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Written by Mike Firth, GP and Medical Director
This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.