Erectile Dysfunction Causes

November 12, 2012

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

In order to get an erection a number of things need to happen successfully. When a man becomes sexually excited the brain sends a signal via the nervous system instructing more blood to be sent to the penis, causing it to stiffen. If any problem occurs either with the nervous system or the blood circulation then this may result in erectile dysfunction also known as impotence. Erectile dysfunction causes also include psychological factors such as depression, which can reduce libido.

Groups of erectile dysfunction causes

Physical erectile dysfunction causes can be subcategorised into four main groups; vasculogenic, neurogenic, hormonal and anatomical. Vasculogenic conditions relate to the flow of blood to the penis and can be causedby health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Neurogenic problems refer to conditions affecting the nervous system, which includes the brain, nerves and spinal chords. Some examples of neurogenic conditions are multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal injuries, tumours and a stroke. Hormonal conditions may cause a change or imbalance such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome and hypogonadism. Anatomical conditions relate to the physical structure of the penis, which can be caused by Peyronie’s disease and hypospadias.

Erectile dysfunction as a side effect of many drugs

Erectile dysfunction causes can also be medical as there are many drugs that may cause side effects, one of which being impotence. Some examples include diuretics and antihypertensives, which are both used to treat high blood pressure amongst other things. Additional medicines include fibrates, which are used to lower cholesterol, antipsychotics used to treat mental health problems and antidepressants. Further medicinal causes include corticosteroids, H2-antagonists used to treat stomach ulcers, anticonvulsants used to treat epilepsy, antihistamines used to treat allergies, anti-androgens used to suppress androgens and cytotoxins, which are used during chemotherapy. If you are worries that medication you are using is causing erectile dysfunction, speak to your doctor about it, as they may be able to change it. Never stop taking medication without asking for advice from your doctor first.

Erectile dysfunction related to depression

Erectile Dysfunction causes can also be psychological and related to conditions such as depression or anxiety. In many cases the cause is a combination of both physical and psychological factors. For instance someone who is siuffering from diabetes may be aware that they have difficulty getting an erection. They then put pressure on themselves adding stress or anxiety to the situation, making it worse. Furthermore there are a number of emotional erectile dysfunction causes including a lack of sexual knowledge, nerves caused by a new relationship, previous sexual problems or bad experiences or difficulties in the relationship. As well as all of these causes excessive alcohol consumption, tiredness and substance abuse can all also play a role in impotence.

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