Erectile Dysfunction Causes

ED Causes

Erectile Dysfunction, ED or impotence is a condition in which a man cannot achieve and maintain a penile erection. The condition makes the man feel embarrassed and inadequate while his sexual partner feels unsatisfied. It can result from physical or psychological causes. The physical causes concern the bodily organ or organ system while the psychological causes are emotional and mental. The following are some of the common Erectile Dysfunction Causes.

Lifestyle and emotional factors

So as to get an erection, a man’s senses must first get sexually stimulated. If the man is under stress, depressed or undergoing emotional disorder, his emotional condition will affect his ability to get excited sexually. Common causes of an emotional disorder are performance anxiety and the widower syndrome. Performance anxiety occurs when a man is too anxious about getting an erection, or satisfying his partner, maybe as a result of a previous episode of failure. Similarly, if a person is having relationship problems with their partner he may feel stressed and might fail to rise to the occasion.


Blood must flow into the penis for it to become firm and turgid. Since some medications used for treating medical disorders affect the flow of blood in the body, they can also easily cause impotency. A person on such medication should however not stop taking the medication especially if a GP or doctor prescribed the medication. The best option in such a case is to tell the doctor about the predicament and see if alternative drugs are available. Some of the medications known to cause impotence include; Antidepressants, Anti-ulcer drugs, Cancer chemo treatment medications, central nervous stimulants, Antihypertensive and alpha-adrenergic blockers. 

Surgical and Neurological Causes

Some neurological and nerve disorders can result with the man being impotent. The condition might upset the brain’s communication with the reproductive system thereby causing ED. Neurological and nerve disorders could result from medical conditions, surgery or extensive physical exercising. Some of these conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal tumors, stroke and temporal lobe epilepsy. Surgery in the pelvic area, for instance, prostate gland surgery can damage the nerves and arteries near the penis thereby rendering the patient impotent. Besides, research shows that long distance bicycle riders are likely to experience temporary erectile dysfunction due to the frequent pressure on their bums and genitals.

Cardiac and heart-related conditions

The heart is responsible for pumping blood to different body organs, including the penis. Conditions affecting the heart’s role in pumping blood are highly likely to be Erectile Dysfunction Causes. Vascular diseases and conditions such as Atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can also cause impotence. Atherosclerosis, for instance, causes the clogging of blood vessels by depositing fat on the artery walls thereby hardening the arteries. As a result, blood flow into the penis becomes difficult.

Lifestyle and hormonal imbalance

Another cause of ED is an imbalance of hormones such as thyroid, prolactin, and testosterone. In most cases, the imbalance is due to diets and lifestyle habits. Zinc, for instance, is known to help boost testosterone levels. If one consumes meals that lack such nutrients, chances are he will have a low amount of testosterone. Similarly, habits such tobacco use or smoking affects the cavernous function increasing the chances of impotency.