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What causes erectile dysfunction?

Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction can result from a problem with any of these. Continue to read to learn more about common causes and risk factors.

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Psychological Causes of ED

Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, can affect your relationships, cause anxiety, and create low esteem and confidence issues. These resulting factors can actually compound the issue, creating an endless downward spiral. 

  • ED may occur with reduced sexual desire
  • ED is the most common sexual problem
  • ED can cause anxiety, poor self-esteem, low self-confidence, tension and problems with your partner(s)

Common Physical Causes

  • Disease
  • Certain medications
  • Tobacco & or alcohol (especially in excess)
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • Obesity
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • High cholesterol or High blood pressure.
  • Diabetes
  • Age

Possible solutions to Erectile Dysfunction

Understanding that every person is unique and that no singular solution can help with everyone experiencing ED, there are many possible solutions to these problems

Medications & Injections: Many different medications can assist with ED - VIAGRA, CIALIS, and LEVITRA (to name a few), are some of the better known. In order to find the right medication for your unique situation, schedule an appointment to speak with our physician. 

Medical Weight Loss: Obesity can be a contributing factor to diminished sexual desire and ED. We have a great success rate helping individuals achieving their weight loss goals.

Counseling: Many times ED issues can be related to stress or mental issues such as depression. Unfortunately. this can result in a downward spiral as experiencing ED can further contribute to stress and/or depression/confidence.

Pumps: About 80% of those using vacuum pumps correctly can achieve an erection that allows them to have sex

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