Erectile Dysfunction Causes
Affected by Erectile Dysfunction? Fear not. ED is a common experience for many Aussie blokes over the age of 40.
Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by physical factors, psychological factors, or more commonly, a combination of both. Here we run down some of these causes, and where possible what you can do about them.
Traditionally, the view of medical science was the most cases of Erectile Dysfunction were psychological in origin, or psychogenic.
New evidence suggests however that 85% of ED cases have physical or medical factors at root. Of course, in some of these cases impotence may have a psychological factor as well. For this reason, doctors are increasingly suggesting a more holistic combination treatment approach, to address physical issues as well as broader psychological and relational issues.
Common Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
There are many potential factors that may cause or exacerbate Erectile Dysfunction. They include:
1. Drugs. As well the big two, Alcohol and Tobacco, certain anti-depressants can also impact erectile function, as well as many other prescription medicines.
2. Diseases. Heart Disease, Atherosclerosis and kidney issues can all impact erectile function. Diabetes, in particular type-2 diabetes, is also highly associated with erectile dysfunction.
Estimates vary, but the prevalence of ED is generally thought to be between 70-75%.
3. Lifestyle factors. This probably should go without saying, but obesity, and a lack of regular exercise reduces effective bloodflow which in turn can cause erectile dysfunction.
4. Neurodegenerative Disorders. This includes stroke, any general brain or spinal cord injuries, as well as conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
5. Surgery. Prostatectomy and some kinds of bladder surgery can reduce erectile function, due to deliberate removal of tissue or accidental scarring and trauma. In some cases testicular radiation therapy can result in impotence also.
6. Other conditions. Hypertension, Hypotension and Hypogonadism are also conditions that can cause or contribute to decreased erectile function.
7. Ageing. As men age, levels of Testosterone decrease, which is a key hormone in normal sexual function.
What You Can Do
Not all of the above can be directly addressed. There are a few steps you can take to reduce your risks though:
- Maintain a regular, healthy exercise routine
- Maintain a healthy body-weight according to Australian Adult BMI (Body Mass Index) standards
- Moderate your alcohol intake
- Quit smoking
- Balanced diet high in nutrition and low in saturated fats
- Aim for a good work/life balance
Another important factor to consider is low Testosterone. Low Testosterone is a common part of ageing, and can really put a damper on your love life. One simple and easy way to address this is through natural supplement, Herbal Ignite, which contains Testosterone-production promoting herb Tribulus Terrestris.
Psychological ED is where the root cause is either an internal psychological factor, or else to do with relationships with others. This is also sometimes called psychogenic ED, which basically just means the problem originates in the mind not body.
Commonly, performance anxiety or general anxiety and depression are at root. General life stresses relating to work or money can also be significant issues though, or even just significant fatigue.
Relationship issues are usually to with unresolved conflict, a lack of satisfactory sexual stimulation, trust and intimacy problems, or else issues around status and domination within the relationship.
Methods of Dealing With Psychogenic ED
In some cases, clinical psychological therapy may be necessary, but often less formal counselling and therapy can work wonders.
Although, research shows though that Aussie men are particularly reluctant to open up and talk about their love lives! Given what’s at stake though, this may be one of those cases where the best advice really is to bite the bullet and just do it!
There are other ways of reducing the effects of psychogenic causes too, though. Most of these are generally the sort of common sense lifestyle changes that your mother’s probably been telling you about since you were knee-high to a grasshopper. The general idea is to reduce the stress and anxiety in your day-to-day life.
- Balancing work commitments and general life
- Good relationships with friends and family
- Meditation, prayer, yoga
- Generally taking time to relax, and ‘smell the roses’