Erectile Dysfunction or known by its more common name of impotence, is a condition that many men experience. Some choose to suffer in silence, as there is sometimes a level of embarrassment or shame associated with this problem.
Impotence is the inability to have or maintain an erection adequate enough for sexual performance. It is reported that 10-20 million men suffer in the U.S. from complete Erectile Dysfunction, effecting men over 65 the most. However, younger men are not at all exempt from this sexual issue, as many cases have been reported by men in their 20’s and 30’s.
But what are the causes of Erectile Dysfunction, and are their any methods of prevention?
Most men are able to achieve an erection by the brain sending signals to the penis by way of the spinal chord. Once these signals are received, the penis relaxes and allows blood to flow into the soft part of the tissue. Problems or disruptions in any part of this process can lead to Erectile Dysfunction.
There are many causes of Erectile Dysfunction, whether it stems from a serious health condition, poor lifestyle habits, or nerve damage. High blood pressure or hypertension can lead to impotence, and high cholesterol along with Diabetes are also common health problems that lead to this ailment.
Those abusing drugs or alcohol can also cause a disruption of the blood properly flowing to the penis. Smoking, unhealthy eating, and lack of exercise are also common factors. Doctors say that anything that is bad for your heart, is also bad for your overall sexual health and performance.
Damage to the spinal chord, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease have all been related to Erectile Dysfunction. Other serious health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Vascular Disease can be causes of impotence as well.
Because there are so many different causes of Erectile Dysfunction, there is not a universal or sole method of treatment. A frank and honest conversation with your doctor, will allow them to specify a treatment plan for your particular case, so don’t be hesitant or embarrassed.