What Causes an Erectile Dysfunction?

erectile-dysfunctionSeveral complex processes are involved in a man’s sexual arousal. These include hormones, muscles, nervous system, emotions and brain activity and neurochemicals. When there is a problem with any of these, you may suffer from erectile dysfunction. Similarly, other associated conditions like stress and tension are also involved and they may worsen the performance of the male sex organ. In some cases, physical and psychological conditions also cause an erectile dysfunction, or ED.

Studies also show that erectile dysfunction is usually a psychological problem than physical:

Psychological impotence is where erection or penetration fails due to thoughts or feelings (psychological reasons) rather than physical impossibility; this is somewhat less frequent but often can be helped. Notably in psychological impotence, there is a strong response to placebo treatment. Erectile dysfunction, can have severe psychological consequences as it can be tied to relationship difficulties and masculine self-image generally

NHS study gives a very good summary of reasons of erectile dysfunction:

The narrowing of the arteries (called atherosclerosis) is one of the most common causes of ED. In these cases your GP may suggest lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, to try to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. This may help to relieve your symptoms as well as improving your general health. You may also be given medication to treat atherosclerosis, such as cholesterol-lowering statins and drugs to reduce your blood pressure

As the experts’ advice, one should never hesitate to consult a medical practitioner for this problem

Even though it may seem awkward to talk with your doctor about erectile dysfunction, go in for an evaluation. Problems getting or keeping an erection can be a sign of a health condition that needs treatment, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. Treating an underlying problem may be enough to reverse your erectile dysfunction.

ED and Physical Causes:

Mostly the ED is caused by physical problems like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol, blood pressure and low testosterone levels. Although it is also fair to say that these conditions are also interlinked between themselves.

I found a very well organized comprehensive info on ED :

Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. If you don’t see your doctor, these problems will go untreated.

Massachusetts Male Aging Study provides a good report on erectile dysfunction:

According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, a little over half of men experience erectile dysfunction (ED). At age 40, about 40 percent struggle with the condition, and by 70 years old, about 70 percent of men have ED.Standard treatments include pharmaceutical medications, pumps, implants, and surgery, but many men prefer natural options. Fortunately, scientific research has found that some natural options are effective at improving symptoms of ED.

Did you know that fifty percent of men have erectile dysfunction problems :

Most men have occasional times when they cannot get an erection. For example, you may not get an erection so easily if you are tired, stressed, distracted, or have drunk too much alcohol. For most men it is only temporary, and an erection occurs most times when you are sexually aroused.However, some men have persistent, or recurring, ED. It can occur at any age, but becomes more common with increasing age. About half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have ED. About 7 in 10 men aged 70 and above have ED.

ED and Psychological Causes:

The human brain is the key factor in triggering various physical factors that cause an erection. Many of the psychological factors that cause ED are stress, depression and anxiety

A bad relationship with your wife/girlfriend or a conflicting situation at the workplace may cause a lot of stress, and therefore contribute to poor health and ED can be one of the symptoms displayed.

Anxiety is the most frequent cause of ED in males. This is usually related to performance pressure, where the man feels like he “must” perform successfully, putting a lot of pressure on him, and this ultimately has the opposite effect, resulting in ED; which in turns contributes to even more anxiety and negative thoughts. This self-fulfilling feedback mechanism is very debilitating and needs to be stopped.

A hormonal misbalance is usually linked to ED as well. Key hormones such as Testosterone, Dopamine and Serotonin play a huge role in sexuality, libido and erections. Usually men who don’t suffer from ED, but instead suffer from PE, also have a misbalance in these same hormones. Only difference is the way the body plays up with this situation.

Urology Care Foundation gives a very good insight on reasons of ED:

If your ED is due to a hormonal problem, such as low testosterone or diabetes, you may be referred to an endocrinologist.  Your healthcare provider may also refer you to a mental health professional.  These specialists treat psychological or emotional causes of ED.  Even if your ED is not caused by these factors, it may contribute to them.  It may be helpful to get counseling, alone or with your partner, in addition to getting medical therapy for ED.

In a recent report FOXNEWS mentioned the way to cure erectile dysfunction without medication:

I know of three things that are pretty good,” Kilham told FoxNews.com.  “First, of course, [is] my all-time favorite herb: Rhodiola rosea.  In one published study, middle-aged men took a couple hundred milligrams of rhodiola rosea extract daily and there was a 68 percent increase in erectile function among the group.

Do you know when the right time to consult a doctor is:

If the ED continues for more than a few weeks the individual should see a doctor. The doctor will assess his general state of health, because ED may be a sign of a more serious health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension or something else.There are numerous web sites that claim to be able to treat ED. Men are advised to see their doctor instead. Before looking at the causes of erectile dysfunction, lets first look at what goes on when a man gets an erection.When a man feels or sees something that is sexually stimulating, his brain sends out a signal that tells the muscles in his penis to relax, resulting in the engorgement (filling up of blood) of the corpa cavernosa – two tubes that run the length of the penis. This causes the penis to expand and harden. As the corpa cavernosa expand, they press against veins that carry blood away from the penis, effectively blocking them – so the penis stays erect.

What You Can Do To Beat ED

Don’t panic. Negative thoughts only feed ED with more fuel. So whatever your head is telling you now, stop. Take a deep breath and make a decision that you are going to get rid of your ED.

Now that you decided to beat this (Massive Step!), what’s next?

Learn more about it. There are several causes and variables that play a role on this condition, so you need to understand all of this in detail, and produce the most accurate diagnose of your specific situation.

What’s your overall state of health? Are you overweight? Do you have a sedentary lifestyle? Are you under a lot of stress? How is your hormonal balance? Do you think you may be low in Testosterone? (very likely!) What are your masturbatory habits?

Once you understand the scenario and have an accurate assessment of where you are standing, you need to pull out the toolbox and start improving your situation.

Make changes in your nutrition, in your fitness, in your lifestyle, decide whether specific dietary supplements may help you reach your goal. Bookmark this blog and keep coming back, we’ll keep posting useful info for you to have the tools to become the Alpha that’s hidden in you.

I found a good collection of basic medicine and their usage for erectile dysfunction:

You may be surprised at all the options for treating erectile dysfunction. These articles are about treating the condition — and caring for the people who have it.

These ways to combat Ed sound pretty interesting:

Oral medications include Viagra (sildenafil) and Levitra (vardenafil), which work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, a chemical that increases blood flow in the penis. These drugs are taken about an hour before sexual activity. They should not be used more than once a day, and men who take nitrate-based drugs such as nitroglycerin for heart problems should not use them because they can cause a sudden drop in high blood pressure.If you suspect your erection difficulties may be related to a disease, accident, or medication or if you’re simply unsure of the cause, contact your doctor.

It is a proven fact now that Cigarette, alcohol and narcotics plays an important role in erectile dysfunction:

One of the most underestimated causes of impotence is cigarette smoking — as if you need yet another reason to quit.The same goes for alcohol and narcotics, like heroin and cocaine. In fact, almost 100% of men who use cocaine regularly are impotent. If you use these recreational drugs, however, you have bigger health problems than just impotence.

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