What Are The Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction?


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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Estimates suggest that one of every 10 men will suffer from ED at some point during his lifetime. It is important to understand that in most cases, ED is a symptom of another underlying health problem. Sometimes, younger men suffer from performance anxiety which leads to ED. However, it is temporary and with time and emotional support, things get back to normal.

**Read on to know about the factors that cause erectile dysfunction. **

Your testosterone production drops about 1% per year. Further infuriating this situation is the daily ingestion and exposure to toxins from food additives, body care products, and pollutants in air and water. These toxins disrupt hormonal balance in your body. As the years go by, many factors disrupt your sexual chemistry: good diet, sufficient rest, and regular exercise with weight training. However most men lead stressful lives where diet, rest, and exercise are insufficient. So by age 50 or earlier, their testosterone levels are low.

Ongoing stress tends to continually elevate cortisol levels (stress hormone) in your body. This is known to lead to anxiety, depression, heart disease, digestive problems, and sleep disruption. Fast paced living leads to unhealthy eating. When you do not get sufficient nutrients, your body cannot produce enzymes and hormones needed for proper function. Poor sleep does not allow your body the chance to sufficiently repair itself. This leads to further rise in cortisol levels and related problems. All of these things in conspire to ruin your sex life.

Chronic illness, certain medications, and a condition called Peyronie’s disease can also cause ED. Operations for the prostate, bladder, and colon cancer may also be contributing factors.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is also a common side effect of a number of prescription drugs. While these medications may treat a disease or condition, in doing so they can affect a man’s hormones, nerves or blood circulation, resulting in ED or increasing the risk of ED.

If you experience ED and think that it may be a result of the medication you are using, DO NOT stop taking the medication. If the problem persists, contact your doctor and he or she may be able to prescribe a different medication.

Alcohol, Nicotine, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Cocaine,Marijuana, Methadone, Opiates are other substances or drugs that can cause or lead to Erectile Dysfunction.

**Some other causes of Erectile Dysfunction include: **

Vascular disease: Blood supply to the penis can become blocked or narrowed as a result of vascular disease such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Neurological disorders (such as multiple sclerosis): Nerves that send impulses to the penis can become damaged from stroke, diabetes, or other causes.

Psychological states: These include stress, depression, lack of stimulus from the brain, and performance anxiety.

Trauma: An injury could contribute to symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction.

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