Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Premature Ejaculation (PE), and Spermatorrhea are sexual problems that men face. ED is the inability to get or maintain an erection. PE is when ejaculation occurs too...Read More
Erectile dysfunction: What causes it and how it can be treated
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse. It’s also called impotence. ED can occur at any age, but it is more common in men older than 65.
There are several possible causes of ED, including psychological and emotional problems, physical problems, and medications.
Psychological and emotional causes of ED may include:
- Stress. This may include relationship problems, work-related stress, or financial stress.
- Anxiety. This may be caused by performance anxiety or anxiety about sexual activity.
- Depression. This may be caused by low self-esteem, relationship problems, or work-related stress.
Physical causes of ED may include:
- Aging. The aging process can lead to a decrease in testosterone levels, which can cause ED.
- Injury to the penis. This may be caused by surgery, trauma, or an underlying medical condition.
- Diseases. This may include diabetes, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, or low testosterone levels.
- Medications. This may include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or blood pressure medications.
There are several treatment options for ED, including lifestyle changes, psychological counseling, medication, and surgery.
Lifestyle changes that may help include:
- Quitting smoking. This can improve blood flow to the penis.
- Exercising regularly. This can improve blood flow to the penis and reduce stress.
- Eating a healthy diet. This can improve blood flow to the penis and reduce stress.
- Reducing stress. This can improve blood flow to the penis and reduce anxiety.
Psychological counseling may help if you’re experiencing anxiety or depression. Medication may be necessary if lifestyle changes and psychological counseling don’t work. Surgery may be an option for some men.
If you’re experiencing ED, talk to your doctor about treatment options.