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If you're struggling with erectile dysfunction, you're not alone. Here are six possible causes and what you can do about them.

The 6 causes of Erectile Dysfunction and what to do about it

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance. An estimated 20 to 30 million American men suffer from ED. While the cause of ED can be physical, psychological, or a combination of both, the majority of cases are physical. Here are the six most common physical causes of ED, and what you can do about them:

  1. Atherosclerosis – Hardening of the arteries from plaque buildup restricts blood flow to the penis, which can result in ED. Treatment options include lifestyle changes (quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, etc.), medications, and surgery.
  2. High Blood Pressure – High blood pressure can damage the lining of arteries and cause them to harden and narrow, restricting blood flow to the penis and leading to ED. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery.
  3. Diabetes – Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves, leading to ED. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery.
  4. Injury to the Penis, Spinal Cord, or Pelvis – Injury to the penis, spinal cord, or pelvis can damage the nerves and blood vessels that are responsible for erections, leading to ED. Treatment options include medications and surgery.
  5. Peyronie’s Disease – Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which the tissue of the penis is damaged, causing the penis to bend or curve. This can cause ED. Treatment options include medications and surgery.
  6. Certain Medications – Some medications can interfere with erections by affecting blood flow or damaging the nerves that are responsible for erections. Treatment options include changing medications, lowering the dose of the medication, or stopping the medication altogether.

If you are experiencing ED, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you.

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