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Causes of Erectile Dysfunction, What You Need to Know

Causes of Erectile Dysfuction

Common erectile function can be impaired by issues with any of the following bodily systems:

  • Blood flow
  • Hormones
  • Physical conditions
  • Nerve supply

It is regularly worth consulting a doctor regarding persistent erection difficulties, as a severe medical condition could cause ED. At STL Medical Solutions we offer cosultations with a state licensed medical doctor that includes a Doppler ultrasound and a physical. Booking a consultation today can get you mback in the game with no needles, no surgery, or medications.

Whether the problem is manageable or dangerous, a precise diagnosis can help to point out any underlying medical concerns and further resolve sexual challenges.

The next list compiles many of the common physical or natural reasons for ED:

  •  narrowing of blood vessels
  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • heart disease
  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • thyroid conditions
  • testosterone -deficiency
  • hormonal disorders
  • Peyronie disease -structural or anatomical disorder of the penis
  • alcoholism
  • substance abuse
  • cocaine use
  • smoking
  • prostate disease
  • surgical complications
  • pelvic area injuries
  • spinal cord injuries
  • radiation therapy to pelvis


A form of blood flow problems in men. It produces a reduction or clogging of arteries in the penis, restricting the essential blood flow to the penis to allow an erection.

Numerous prescription medications can also cause ED, including those below. Anyone taking prescription medications should consult their doctor before discontinuing or adjusting their medications:

  • anxiety treatments
  • heart medicines
  • some diuretics
  • central nervous system drugs
  • high blood pressure drugs
  • amphetamines
  • sleeping tablets
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • tricyclic
  • antidepressants
  • opioid painkillers
  • antidepressants
  • cancer drugs
  • chemotherapeutic agents
  • prostate treatment drugs
  • anticholinergics
  • hormone drugs
  • peptic ulcer medication cimetidine

Bodily (physical) conditions account for 90 percent of erectile dysfunction cases, with psychological cases not as common.

Psychological conditions

In unique circumstances, a man may always have had ED and never have produced an erection, called primary ED. The problem is virtually always psychological if there is no apparent anatomical deformity or physiological effect. Such psychological factors may comprise of:

  • depression
  • intimacy fear
  • severe anxiety
  • guilt

Most cases of ED are ‘secondary.’ This indicates that erectile function has been healthy, but grows problematic. Causes of a unique and persistent problem are generally physical.

Less common, psychological determinants cause or add to ED, with factors varying from treatable mental health disorders to common emotional states that most people encounter at some time.

It is essential to note that there can be overlap among medical and psychosocial problems. For example, if a man is overweight, blood flow variations can influence his ability to sustain an erection, which is a physical problem. Nevertheless, he may also possess low self-esteem, which can affect erectile function and is a psychosocial situation.

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