WHAT IS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)?
ED is commonly defined as the inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. It is only a problem when you regularly have difficulty—often to the extent that you’re avoiding contact with your partner.
Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are common causes of ED. And even a perfectly healthy male can have ED as the side effect of some medications. Erectile Dysfunction
About 90% of the cases of ED that medical doctors see are caused by physical factors usually classified as vascular (related to blood flow) and non-vascular diseases. It is estimated that 70% of all ED cases may be attributable to vascular diseases alone.
A man’s penis requires a healthy blood flow to become completely erect, and even a marginal reduction in blood flow can potentially cause problems. This condition is referred to as a vascular insufficiency and is known to be caused by the following factors:
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Cardiac diseases
- Poor overall blood circulation
LESS COMMON CAUSES
Over 200 prescription medications can cause or contribute to ED.
Hormonal deficiencies caused by testicular disease, liver disease or thyroid problems.
Chronic illnesses such a liver disease or chronic renal disease.
Neurological problems such as Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke or Parkinson’s disease.
Trauma to the pelvic area from certain surgeries, radiation therapy or blunt trauma accidents.
Peyronie’s plaque or disease that is a condition of excessive fibrosis in the penile tissue.