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Erectile Dysfunction: What causes it?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual activity. It can be troubling and even devastating to a man’s sense of self, to his relationships and to his quality of life. While erectile dysfunction can occur at any age, it is more common in men over the age of 40.
There are many potential causes of ED, and often more than one contributing factor. Some of the most common causes include:
- Aging – As men age, the likelihood of experiencing ED increases.
- Health Conditions – Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, can contribute to ED.
- Medications – Some medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure and depression, can cause ED.
- Injury or Surgery – Injury or surgery, such as that resulting from prostate cancer surgery, can cause ED.
- Psychological Causes – Psychological causes, such as stress, anxiety, and depression, can contribute to ED.
ED can have a profound impact on a man’s life. It can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and depression. It can also cause relationship problems and disrupt a man’s sex life. If you are experiencing ED, it is important to talk to your doctor. There are treatment options available that can help you manage your ED and improve your quality of life.