Symptoms and Causes of ED

Most men may experience some form of ED from time to time. Regular or repeated inability to have or maintain an erection for sexual activity is the defining character of ED.

Common causes of ED include emotional or health problems that restrict the blood flow to the penis. Nerve damage is also a common cause of ED.


Risk factors and Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Some things that can increase the chances of getting ED (known as risk factors) are:

  • Age over 50
  • Cardiovascular disease causes (high blood pressure, high cholesterol)
  • Cavernosal disorders (Peyronie’s)
  • Diseases (diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis)
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Kidney failure
  • Lack of exercise
  • Life Style (smoking, lack of exercise, diet)
  • Obesity
  • Surgery

While ED is more common in men aged in their 60’s than in their 40’s/ Age is not considered a common cause of ED but can increase the risk. ED is considered an early indicator of an underlining health problem. Seeking help early from a health care provider can increase your chance of treatment success and finding the root cause of the problem.

ED may happen because:

  • Not enough blood flows into the penis

    Many health issues can reduce blood flow into the penis, such as heart disease, high blood sugar (diabetes), and smoking.

  • The penis cannot store blood during an erection

    A man with this problem cannot keep an erection because blood does not stay trapped in the penis. This condition can occur in men of any age.

  • Nerve signals from the brain or spinal cord do not reach the penis

    Certain diseases, injury or surgery in the pelvic area can harm nerves in the penis.

Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Since you need also need psychological stimulation along with physician stimulation to achieve an erection, the following issues can also be causes of ED.

  • Anxiety
  • Conflicts in relationship
  • Depression
  • Distraction
  • Mental disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress at home or work
  • Worry