Erectile Dysfunction Causes & Remedies
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. An estimated 30 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to the National Institutes of Health.
There are many possible causes of ED, and they can be divided into two main categories: physical and psychological. Physical causes include:
- Diseases of the blood vessels (arteries and veins)
- Diseases of the nervous system
- Hormonal problems
- Drug side effects
- Injury to the penis, prostate, bladder, pelvis, or spine
Psychological causes include:
- Relationship problems
In many cases, there is more than one cause. For example, a physical cause may be a disease of the blood vessels, which in turn can be caused by smoking. A psychological cause may be performance anxiety.
There are a number of effective treatments for ED, including:
- Oral medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra)
- Injections into the penis
- Vacuum devices
The best treatment for ED is the one that is most effective for the individual. Some men respond to one treatment, while others may need to try a combination of treatments.
In some cases, ED can be a sign of a more serious health problem. If you have ED, it’s important to see your doctor to find out if there is a underlying medical cause.
There are also a number of lifestyle changes that can help to prevent or treat ED. These include:
- Quitting smoking
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Reducing stress
- Limiting alcohol consumption