Men face a variety of sexual health challenges starting as early as 20 years old. One of these challenges, Erectile Dysfunction, is a concern for many men. In fact, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, over 18 million men over the age of 20 suffered from Erectile Dysfunction. Because of this epidemic, many medications have been produced, including Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, to treat Erectile Dysfunction.
That means you’re not alone. That’s one of many trials men face when they’re experiencing Erectile Dysfunction – they believe they’re the only one and are embarrassed by their situation. But, because of the medications and new breakthroughs in men’s sexual health medicine, men are learning that they’re not alone and there’s help and hope.
Knowing the causes of your Erectile Dysfunction is the first step in getting you back to sexual health. Below you’ll find a list of both physical and psychological causes of Erectile Dysfunction.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
There are many causes of Erectile Dysfunction that can stem from both physical illnesses to psychological issues. The first step to sexual health is knowing the causes of Erectile Dysfunction. If you know what is causing it, you can address that and have a doctor treat you accordingly.
Many men suffer from Erectile Dysfunction due to physical causes, such as:
- Heart disease
- Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome — a condition that includes increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Certain prescription medications
- Tobacco use
- Peyronie’s disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
- Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
- Sleep disorders
- Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
The hardest thing about Erectile Dysfunction that men fear are the psychological causes. Some of these are:
- Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
- Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns
Sometimes physical conditions can lead to psychological ones. Being sick and having concerns about your illnesses can cause you to feel stressed and depressed. In cases like this, there are both physical and psychological causes that lead to Erectile Dysfunction. This is extremely challenging both for you and your doctor as both issues need to be addressed.
Once you know the cause of your Erectile Dysfunction will you be able to find a solution. Be sure to always check with your doctor before trying a treatment for your condition. You’ll need to get a physical and blood work, a diagnosis from your doctor, and then, you may need a prescription for approved treatments.