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Erectile Dysfunction, Mental Health & Wellbeing
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a sexual disorder that affects a man’s ability to get or maintain an erection. It can be caused by physical or psychological problems.
Mental health problems, such as anxiety, stress, and depression, can lead to ED. These problems can also make it difficult to manage other health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
ED can also be a side effect of some medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure and depression.
How can mental health problems affect erectile dysfunction?
Mental health problems can lead to ED by:
- Making it difficult to get or maintain an erection
- Causing anxiety about sexual performance
- Making it difficult to relax and enjoy sexual activity
- Interfering with sexual desire
ED can also be a side effect of some medications used to treat mental health conditions. These medications can include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
How can physical health problems affect erectile dysfunction?
Physical health problems can lead to ED by:
- Damaging nerves or blood vessels that are needed for an erection
- Interfering with hormones that are needed for an erection
- Causing side effects that interfere with sexual desire or performance
ED can also be a side effect of some medications used to treat physical health conditions. These medications can include:
- Alpha blockers
- Beta blockers
- Calcium channel blockers
- Anti-cancer medications
What can I do about erectile dysfunction?
If you think you might have ED, talk to your doctor. They can help you figure out what’s causing your ED and how to treat it.
There are a number of things you can do to manage ED. These include:
- Making lifestyle changes. Changes to your diet, exercise, and stress levels can help improve ED.
- Taking medications. There are a number of medications that can be used to treat ED. These include phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra).
- Using mechanical devices. Devices, such as vacuum pumps, can be used to create an erection.
- Undergoing surgery. Surgery can be used to repair damage to the blood vessels or nerves that are needed for an erection.