Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common condition
with many possible causes.
Male sexual stimulation is a complex process: the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels are involved, and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can result from a problem with any of these. Not to forget stress or mental health conditions like depression, which can also cause or worsen ED. Sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues can lead to ED. For instance, a minor physical condition that slows your sexual response might cause anxiety about maintaining an erection. The resulting anxiety can lead to or worsen the condition.
Good news: Starting a healthy lifestyle, managing any existing health conditions and taking the right prescribed medication can help to relieve or even eliminate ED.
Experience has shown there are many possible causes for ED, and they can include both emotional and physical disorders, as the brain plays a key role in triggering the series of physical events that cause an erection, starting with feelings of sexual excitement.
“In the past, Erectile Dysfunction was considered, in most cases, to be a disorder of psychological nature, but current evidence suggests that more than 80% of cases can be linked to a medical condition.”¹
¹ Dr. Fernando Guzman, MD
Pharmaceutical Product Manager at Denk Pharma
Physical causes of ED are amongst other things:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Certain prescription medications (e.g. antidepressants, tranquilizers, antiepileptic drugs, Parkinson’s disease medications, chemotherapy drugs)
- Alcoholism and other forms of drug abuse
- Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
- Tobacco use
- Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Multiple sclerosis
Psychological causes of ED are among other things:
- Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
- Sleep disorders
- Relationship clashes due to stress or lack of communication
ED can be well managed today.
Depending on the cause, there are different treatment options to overcome it.
Together with a healthcare provider, patients can decide which treatment and medication will work best for their individual case.