ED and Men

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction

Men who have erectile dysfunction are unable to achieve or maintain an erection for the purpose of sexual intercourse. It is a condition that can affect any man, at any age, and Cleveland Clinic estimates that one in ten men suffer from long-term erectile dysfunction.

It’s more common in older men and may be the symptom of another health problem – especially in the case of long-term erectile dysfunction. It is important to discuss your problem with your doctor to rule out other health issues that could factor into your problems.

Understanding What Causes Erectile Dysfunction

There is no one cause that results in erectile dysfunction for all men. It could be one thing or a combination of issues that lead to difficulties sustaining an erection. Causes can often be attributed to one of the following culprits:

  • Physical causes
  • Psychological causes
  • Lifestyle factors

Physical Causes

Physical causes are the primary reasons men suffer from erectile dysfunction. But that is a large umbrella for many possible conditions. Erectile Dysfunction can occur in reaction to the following physical conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Medication side effects
  • Neurological disease
  • Other medical conditions
  • Some surgical procedures
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Vascular disease

As you can see, there are a few rather serious medical conditions in the mix. This is why it is necessary to work with your physician to not only identify the potential cause of your erectile dysfunction, but also to rule out some heavy hitting medical problems you may have.

Psychological Causes

Relationship problems, present or past, are only one of the potential psychological problems that can lead to erectile dysfunction. It can also occur in relation to stress, depression, and anxiety. Even sexual trauma that occurred in the past can lead to current sexual and erectile dysfunction. In other words, your work, family, and life in general can lead to erectile dysfunction.

Lifestyle Causes

Finally, there are lifestyle factors that can cause ED. From the use of certain illicit drugs to smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. All these things, even in moderation, can cause difficulty for you getting and keeping an erection.

How to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

There are many treatments available for erectile dysfunction. Many begin with lifestyle changes. This includes things like smoking cessation, abstaining from alcohol and illicit drugs, increasing your physical activity, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Unfortunately, these changes aren’t effective for everyone, and there are sometimes more stringent interventions needed. For some men, oral medications, like sildenafil, vardenafil, tadalafil, and avanafil are the answer. These work to increase blood flow to the penis, temporarily, allowing men to maintain erections. The side effects of these medications, however, make them unsafe for some men and the temporary nature makes them an unpalatable choice for many more.

GAINSWave offers an excellent alternative that doesn’t require surgery while offering superior results to most oral medications on the market. GAINSWave, which is offered here at  Savannah Age Management Medicine, uses soundwaves to prepare old and broken blood vessels in the penis and to encourage the growth of new blood vessels in the region. This stimulates the flow of blood and allows most men to achieve and maintain erections sufficient to resume a satisfactory sex life.

Technology has made it so that men no longer need to suffer in silence when they have erectile difficulties, but it will always be important for men to determine the underlying cause of their ED, so they can get treatment for other conditions that may be factors.

Contact our offices here at Savannah Age Management Medicine today to find out if you are a candidate for GAINSWave to treat erectile dysfunction.

Harry Collins

Doctor Harry Collins is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Collins received his certification in Age Management Medicine with the nationally renowned Cenegenics Medical Institute. Cenegenics' certification in Age Management Medicine is jointly sponsored by Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation (CERF) and the Foundation for Care Management in Las Vegas, Nevada. CERF and the Foundation for Care Management are accredited with honors by seven sponsoring organizations including the American Medical Association and American Board of Medical Specialties.