Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to have and keep an erection that is hard enough for sex. Another symptom is that the erection does not last long enough for satisfying sexual activity. ED may be a man’s problem but can have a significant impact on his sex life and his partner.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a common problem and can be a result of many factors. Causes of ED include:
- High blood pressure
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Stress, anxiety, or depression
- Alcohol or tobacco use
- Some prescription medicines
- Brain or spinal cord damage
- Low testosterone
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Radiation therapy to the testicles
- Some types of prostate or bladder surgery
Erectile dysfunction can be an indicator of a worse underlying medical problem. The doctor can help you find the cause of the problem by diagnosing your ED.
Some causes of erectile dysfunction are also psychological such as:
- Feeling nervous about sex
- Anxiety around your erectile dysfunction
- Feeling stressed
- Feeling depressed or overwhelmed
- Feeling self-conscious about your body or performance
- Thinking your partner is reacting negatively toward you
Diagnosis for Erectile Dysfunction
Your doctor can diagnose the cause of your erectile dysfunction and find out the best treatment for you. He will ask you about your overall health, check your heart and blood pressure, and do a complete diagnosis of your health and your erectile dysfunction.
Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
The treatment for your erectile dysfunction will depend on the cause.
Heart and Vascular Health
Your doctor may suggest you improve your overall health, including cardiovascular health. Exercising, eating well, and ensuring that you get sufficient vitamins and minerals can not only help you overcome ED but also help you with overall wellbeing.
Your doctor may recommend going for mental health therapy to reduce the impact of stress, depression, or anxiety on your ED. Seeking help from a mental health professional can alleviate stress and other mental problems that are contributing to erectile dysfunction.
Other Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
There are a variety of options to treat erectile dysfunction. Some of the treatments are: