The 7 Most Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Posted on November 22, 2023 by root

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects many men, regardless of their age or background. ED occurs when a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual activity. This can happen for a variety of reasons and can result in the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty becoming erect
  • Poor circulation
  • Difficulty staying erect
  • Stress and anxiety around sexual activity
  • Reduced libido or sexual desire
  • Low self-esteem
  • Inability to perform intercourse

Justin Houman, MD, is a board-certified urologist and fellowship-trained Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health specialist helping men throughout Los Angeles, CA, and the surrounding communities with ED and related men’s health issues. Here are the seven most common causes of erectile dysfunction.

What Could Cause ED?

  1. Age – As men age, their testosterone levels can decrease, which can lead to ED. Additionally, blood vessels can become less elastic, making it harder for blood to flow to the penis.
  2. Obesity – Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of ED. This is because excess body fat can lead to a decrease in testosterone levels and cause issues with blood flow.
  3. Smoking – Smoking can damage blood vessels, which can make it harder for blood to flow to the penis. Additionally, smoking can
    decrease testosterone levels
    , which can contribute to ED.
  4. Diabetes – Diabetes can cause nerve damage and affect blood flow, which can lead to ED. Men with diabetes are more likely to experience ED than men without diabetes.
  5. High Blood Pressure – High blood pressure can damage blood vessels and affect blood flow, which can lead to ED. Additionally, many medications used to treat high blood pressure can cause ED as a side effect.
  6. Anxiety and Depression – Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can contribute to ED. These conditions can affect hormone levels and lead to issues with blood flow.
  7. Medications – Certain medications can cause ED as a side effect. This includes medications used to treat depression, high blood pressure and prostate cancer.

Los Angeles Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

If you’re experiencing ED, it’s important to talk to Dr. Houman and his team. They can help you determine the underlying cause and recommend treatment options. Treatment options can include reducing stress, seeing a therapist, hormone therapy, medication, lifestyle changes or surgery.

Some other treatment options include:

Some men benefit from a combination of therapies. Dr. Houman can help you determine the best options during your confidential appointment. Too many men let shame or embarrassment prevent them from getting the help with ED they need. Erectile dysfunction is an entirely treatable medical condition and is nothing to stress about. Don’t be afraid to speak up and seek help for this common condition.

Begin today by taking our online ED Treatment Quiz. Answer just five questions and you will be on the road to getting the help you need from Dr. Houman and his talented men’s health team. Or, contact us today to schedule an exam and consultation at our office.

Posted on behalf of Justin Houman MD

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