What is Linked to Erectile Dysfunction?

What is Linked to Erectile Dysfunction?

how_to_cure_erectile_dysfunctionOne of the scariest things any man can be told by their attending physician is that you may have erectile dysfunction. Everyone has seen the commercials on television with middle aged men talking about their problems and usually, people watching these advertisements laugh and chuckle. It is a serious problem that could simply be just erectile dysfunction or can be brought on by other health worries and problems. What is erectile dysfunction and what other health issues can lead to it?

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction occurs when a male can’t keep his erection going throughout intercourse or in worst cases, can’t get an erection to begin with. It could also occur when your penis is erect and then loses its erection before intercourse even began. It is common problem that can happen to older men and in many cases, it can be left untreated and go away on its own. In other instances, it can be a problem that continues on for some time. In serious cases, you might have an issue keeping your erection a quarter of the time and then treatment should be sought out.

Some people often consider erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation the same thing, but they aren’t. With premature ejaculation, you are able to keep an erection going through intercourse, it’s just that you reached your climax early. It can happen before putting a condom on or any time before you and your partner are ready for it to happen.

Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

While erectile dysfunction is a common problem in many adult men, it can also be caused by other serious diseases. Among them are:

  • Diabetes

When you have diabetes, your insides are being affected drastically. It can lead to nerve and artery damage which can often lead to difficulties and problems when trying to get and keep an erection. When you look at the number of men who have diabetes that also have erectile dysfunction, it is an alarming number. According to the National Institute of Health, 20 to 75 percent of men with diabetes also have erectile dysfunction at one time or another. In fact, the likelihood of developing erectile dysfunction when you have diabetes is nearly doubled.

  • Kidney Disease

When you have kidney disease, it doesn’t only affect your kidneys. It can also cause chemical imbalances in your body and this can cause hormone, nerve function, circulation and energy level issues. These chemical changes in your body can lead to a lower libido – or sex drive – than those who haven’t had kidney disease. The drugs that are prescribed to treat kidney disease have also been known to cause erectile dysfunction. There are mixed reports on the number of men that experience both health problems, but the estimate is that more than 50 percent of men with kidney disease also experience erectile dysfunction and  a lower sex drive and an overall decreased sex life.

  • Vascular Disease

Vascular disease affects your blood vessels and includes hypertension, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis, which is when the arteries harden. All of these diseases restrict the amount of blood being pushed to the brain, heart and to the penis. These three diseases account for 70 percent of the physical causes of erectile dysfunction.

  • Prostate Cancer

Actually having prostate cancer isn’t known to cause erectile dysfunction, rather it is the various treatment options that does. To treat prostate cancer, you will use radiation, hormonal treatment or surgery, all of which have been known to lead to erectile dysfunction.

  • Neurological Disease

This disease occurs in the nerves and the brain and when your nervous system is affected by disease, it makes a lot of the simple tasks in life difficult, including getting and maintaining an erection. When affected by neurological diseases like stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries, you face a higher likelihood of having erectile dysfunction. The main reason why this occurs is that because of these diseases, there is essentially a missing link in the communication train between the brain and the penis. With this process being interrupted, it becomes difficult to maintain or get an erection, no matter how sexually stimulated you are trying to get.

Other Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Having erectile dysfunction isn’t something that is only caused by physical ailments. There are plenty of other reasons why it could develop. Among them would be:

  • Injury

If you experience an injury to the spinal cord, bladder, pelvis and need to have surgery to fix the injury, you face a higher chance of developing erectile dysfunction to some degree.

  • Tobacco, Drugs, Alcohol

When you look at all the benefits and negatives of tobacco, drugs and alcohol, the negatives should outweigh the positives in most cases. This is one of those times. All three of these substances have been known to cause issues to your blood vessels, which we know already affects the blood flow to your penis. No blood flow to your penis means that you won’t be able to get or keep an erection.

  • Surgery

If you go under the knife for a torn ACL, you most likely won’t suffer from erectile dysfunction, but if you have surgery for prostate cancer or bladder cancer, the chances are high that this will at least become a temporary problem for you. This occurs because some of the tissues and nerves being removed with the cancer can lead to the nerve problems we discussed earlier. In some cases, erectile dysfunction from this problem would last anywhere from six to 18 months, but in other cases, it is a permanent problem that requires additional help to correct.

  • Hormone Imbalances

A man’s ability to be sexually stimulated can be affected by tumors in the pituitary gland, liver disease, kidney disease or hormonal treatment of cancer in your prostate. These imbalances can be in your thyroid, prolactin or testosterone. There are other causes of erectile dysfunction including any one of several hundred prescriptions, prostate enlargement and venous leak.


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