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Erectile Dysfunction : Symptoms and causes

Erectile Dysfunction : Symptoms and causes
in Urology

Apr 19, 2022

Erectile dysfunction or impotence is an inability to get & keep a firm erection for sex. Having erection problems from time to time is not necessarily a problem for concern. If erectile dysfunction happens to be an ongoing problem, but it may lead to stress, affect self-confidence & lead to relationship problems.  Problems in getting erection could also signify some underlying health condition which requires treatment & a risk factor for heart disease.

Causes & Symptoms of ED Disease

Individuals concerned about erectile dysfunction should speak to a doctor about it. At some instances treating the underlying condition can reverse an erectile dysfunction. In other instances, medicines or the other treatments may be required.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction :

  • Trouble having an erection
  • Trouble in keeping an erection
  • Decreased sexual desire

Do see a doctor if:-

  • If you are concerned regarding your erections or you are having other sexual issues like delayed or a premature ejaculation
  • If you are suffering from diabetes or any other health condition which may be associate with erectile dysfunction.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:

The sexual arousal of a male is complex process which includes brain, emotions, hormones, muscles, nerves & blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction could be a result of a problem with any of them. Similarly, stress & mental health concerns could lead to or worsen the erectile dysfunction

Sometimes combination of psychological and physical problems leads to erectile dysfunction. For example a small physical condition which slows the sexual response may lead to anxiety regarding maintaining erection. The resulting anxiety could cause or worsen the erectile dysfunction.

Physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction: s

In several cases, the erectile dysfunction is a result of something physical. Common reasons involve:-

  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Clogged blood vessels or atherosclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome – it is a condition that involves increased blood pressure, increased levels of insulin, body fat surrounding the waist & high cholesterol
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Certain prescribed medications
  • Use of tobacco
  • Peyronie’s disease – growth of scar tissue within penis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Treatment of enlarged prostate or prostate cancer
  • Injuries or surgeries which affect our pelvic part or the spinal cord.


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