Of all the different issues men can face, erectile dysfunction is not only one of the most embarrassing, but one of the most common. Most guys will experience ED at least once during their life, and things like stress, fatigue, guilt, and nervousness could all lead to the problem. Usually it is just a singular experience, but in some cases it’s a long term problem that has to be addressed. In these cases, a physical issue may be at hand.
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction vary greatly, but generally involve anything that influences the nerve impulses, veins, tissues, and muscles that play a role in achieving an erection. When any of these factors are damaged or interrupted, erectile dysfunction could occur. Some of the most common physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Low testosterone
- High cholesterol
- Kidney Disease
- Peyronie’s disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Of these, some are certainly more common than others. Diabetes is of particular note, and it’s estimated that as many as 20 to 75 percent of those with diabetes will suffer from ED. Kidney disease could cause erectile dysfunction in as many as 50 percent of sufferers. Low testosterone has become much more commonly diagnosed than it once was, and this too is a leading cause of ED.
However, the list above generally includes only diseases. There are other physical causes of erectile dysfunction that could cause problems as well. For instance, the following are all possibilities.
- Prescription Medication – Currently, over 200 different medications list erectile dysfunction as a side effect.
- Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol – Use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco may damage blood vessels or reduce the amount of blood able to flow into the penis, which in turn will cause ED. Smoking is the most high risk of the three, according to most experts.
- Injuries – Not only do injuries to the penis run the risk of causing ED, but injuries to the spinal cord, bladder, and pelvis may also cause problems.
- Surgery – Surgery may impact the nerves and tissues around the penis. In most cases, surgery to correct prostate or bladder cancer are the two most common surgical causes of ED, but others could cause problems as well.
All of these issues are potential physical causes of erectile dysfunction. Talking to your physician will help you determine exactly what potential issues may be creating your problem, and what you can do to overcome it.