Causes of Erectile Dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual intercourse. It can be caused by...Read More
Signs, Symptoms & Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction & Stress Urinary Incontinence
Erectile dysfunction (ED) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are two common problems that can affect men of all ages. Although they are both treatable, many men are reluctant to seek help for these conditions. ED can cause anxiety and low self-esteem, while SUI can be embarrassing and disruptive to everyday life. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatments available for both conditions.
Signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction
The most common symptom of ED is difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. This can happen at any age, but is more common in older men. Other symptoms include:
- Reduced sex drive
- Difficulty achieving orgasm
- Anxiety about sexual performance
Signs and symptoms of stress urinary incontinence
The most common symptom of SUI is leakage of urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising. This can be embarrassing and disruptive to everyday life. Other symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Urgency to urinate
- Waking up at night to urinate
- Leakage during sexual intercourse
Causes of erectile dysfunction
ED can be caused by a variety of physical and psychological factors. Physical causes include:
- Cardiovascular disease – ED is more common in men with cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, atherosclerosis and heart disease.
- Diabetes – Diabetes can damage the nerves and blood vessels that are essential for erections.
- Neurological conditions – Conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis can damage the nerves that control erections.
- Hormonal imbalances – Low levels of testosterone can cause ED.
- Injuries or surgery – Injury to the penis, spinal cord or pelvis can cause ED.
- Medications – Some medications, such as antidepressants, can cause ED.
Psychological causes of ED include:
- Anxiety – Anxiety about sexual performance can lead to ED.
- Depression – Depression can cause ED by affecting a man’s libido or causing him to lose interest in sex.
- Stress – Stress can interfere with a man’s sexual arousal.
- Relationship problems – Relationship problems can cause or worsen ED.
Causes of stress urinary incontinence
SUI is caused by a weakened pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and tissues that support the bladder and keep it closed. When these muscles and tissues are weakened, they can’t prevent urine leakage. Causes of a weakened pelvic floor include: