Erectile dysfunction is the inability of men to get and maintain erections firm enough for a satisfactory sexual intercourse. Men may have erection problems occasionally, but if they become an ongoing issue, they start causing a lot of stress, relationship difficulties, and low self-confidence. In most cases, problems with keeping and getting erections are the signs of underlying conditions that should be treated.
Common Symptoms of Male Impotence
ED symptoms may include the following persistent:
- Decreased sexual desire;
- Trouble getting and keeping erections.
You should contact doctors if you have:
- Concerns about your erections or other sexual issues, including delayed or premature ejaculation;
- Heart diseases, diabetes, and other health conditions that can be linked to impotence;
- Other troubling symptoms along with this condition.
Erectile Dysfunction Causes
Sexual arousal is a complex process because it involves different hormones, brain functions, nerves, emotions, blood vessels, etc. This means that erectile dysfunction can be caused by problems with any of them. Besides, mental health issues and regular stress often contribute to worsening and causing this condition. A certain combination of psychological and physical problems often causes erectile complications.
In most cases, male impotence is triggered by these common physical causes:
- Clogged blood vessels;
- Obesity and diabetes;
- Heart diseases;
- Hypertension and high cholesterol blood levels;
- Multiple sclerosis;
- Metabolic syndrome;
- Sleeping disorders and tobacco use;
- Alcoholism and substance abuse;
- Specific surgeries and prescription medications;
- Treatments for enlarged prostate or prostate cancer;
- Parkinson’s disease or Peyronie’s disease.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by such psychological factors as:
- Regular stress;
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental conditions;
- Relationship issues.
There are different risk factors, including being overweight, injuries, and others. Erectile dysfunction causes many complications, but it can be effectively treated.