Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a topic that's often shrouded in taboo. It can be difficult for men to talk about, and even harder to seek help for. But it's important...Read More
Erectile dysfunction causes and symptoms
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection. It is caused by health conditions, psychological issues, certain medications, and lifestyle choices.
Health conditions that can cause ED include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Psychological issues such as anxiety and depression can also lead to ED. Certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety can also cause ED.
Lifestyle choices that can contribute to ED include smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and not getting enough exercise.
Symptoms of ED
The main symptom of ED is the inability to get or keep an erection. Other symptoms include:
- Reduced sexual desire
- Trouble getting an erection
- Trouble keeping an erection
- Inability to reach orgasm
Causes of ED
There are many possible causes of ED, and it can be caused by both physical and psychological factors.
Physical causes of ED include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Certain medications
- Injury to the nerves or blood vessels
Psychological causes of ED include:
- Relationship problems
Treatment of ED
There are many treatment options for ED, and the best treatment for you will depend on the cause of your ED.
If your ED is caused by a physical health condition, your doctor will treat the underlying condition. If your ED is caused by a psychological issue, your doctor may refer you to a mental health speCialist.
Some common treatments for ED include:
- Oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra
- Injections into the penis
- Vacuum devices
- Penile implants
Making lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, and getting more exercise can also help treat ED.