5 Common Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction

Here in the UK it is estimated that up to half of all men between 40 and 70 years old my experience erectile dysfunction or ED within their life time. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse.

Here are 5 common causes for ED to watch out for:

1) Smoking & Alcohol

All of these can affect blood flow to the penis and interfere with messages between the brain and the penis.

Scientific studies in America have shown that men who smoked more than 20 cigarettes each day had a 60% increased risk compared to non-smokers.

Alcoholism can also lead to erectile dysfunction, alcohol can cause damage to blood vessels in the penis which in-turn makes it more difficult to achieve an erection.


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2) Depression, Stress & Anxiety

Depression is a common cause of erectile dysfunction. Depression can manifest itself in a number of ways and be caused by many factors in people’s lives.  Depression can either be a result of ED or be the root cause of ED. low confidence, low self-esteem, weight gain, stress at work and relationship difficulties are all common causes of depression.

3) High Blood Pressure

Men with high blood pressure can experience episodes of ED. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels and arteries in the penis which can contribute to erectile dysfunction. Blood vessels which are damaged may fail to open, resulting in less blood to strengthen an erection.

Some blood pressure medications can also effect the flow of blood to the penis making it more difficult to achieve an erection.

4) High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance which can clog up blood vessels and arteries, reducing the amount of blood passing through them. Men who suffer with high cholesterol may also have difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection. Having high cholesterol can also make it more difficult for the male body to product testosterone.

Testosterone plays a big part in male sexual performance and if there is a lack of testosterone in the body there can also be a problem with maintaining an erection.

It has widely been reported that pills used to treat high cholesterol can also contribute to erectile dysfunction.

5) Surgery

Having certain types of surgery are common causes of erectile dysfunction. Surgery for prostate cancer, having a vasectomy or “the snip” or surgery on the bladder or bowel can result in erectile dysfunction. The main reason for this is due to nerve damage sustained whilst surgery takes place. This nerve damage can interrupt messages or signals between the brain and the penis, affecting the ability to produce and erection.

To summarise:

There are many causes for erectile dysfunction, these 5 are some of the most common. Each of the examples above have different treatments available, some of these causes are temporary, some are more permanent.

John Robson works for Tower Health in Nottingham, suppliers of VigRx, Erectile Dysfunction treatment.

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