A closer look at Erectile Dysfunction Causes

Erectile Dysfunction Definition

Commonly identified as ED, Erectile Dysfunction (or impotence) is the chronic inability to achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. To achieve a full erection, there must be (1) a stimulus from the brain, (2) properly functioning nerves to the penis, (3) adequate blood circulation, and (4) the ability of the veins to conceal the blood inside of the penis. Any interference with these conditions can prevent a full erection.
Experts estimate that over 50% of men between the ages of 40-70 years old suffer from erectile dysfunction. Because men are reluctant to discuss ED with their doctors, the condition is under diagnosed. In fact, fewer than 1 in 5 men with ED symptoms have their condition properly diagnosed and treated.

Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as male impotence, is defined as the inability to gain or maintain an erection satisfactory for intercourse. As all men are different, so are their erectile dysfunction causes & symptoms. ED symptoms may include the following: the inability to gain an erection, the inability to maintain an erection, the lack of desire to initiate sexual activity, the lack of desire to attempt sexual intercourse, the inability to penetrate your partner during sexual activity, the inability to maintain an erection to completion of intercourse, the inability to ejaculate, the inability to climax or feel orgasm, the lack of confidence in your ability to get and keep an erection, the lack of satisfaction with your overall sex life.

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

For 75% of men with ED, the cause is suboptimal blood flow to the penis.  This is caused by hardening (arteriosclerosis) or clogging (atherosclerosis) of the arteries supplying blood to the penis.  This is called “vasculogenic ED”, or ED caused by not enough blood flowing to the penis. Below are listed erectile dysfunction causes:
  • Arteriosclerosis – hardening of the walls of the arteries, causing a loss of elasticity
  • Atherosclerosis – a form of arteriosclerosis characterized by build up of plaque, causing a narrowing of the arteries
  • Venous Leakage – Weak veins
  • Nerve diseases
  • Hormonal insufficiencies
  • Peyronie’s disease – scar tissue in the penis
  • Psychological conditions – stress, depressions, or performance anxiety
  • Injury to the penis
  • Surgery in the area, including prostate surgery
  • Medications

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