Erectile dysfunction is different from other conditions that affect sexual intercourse. Here's information on the symptoms of ED, what makes you more likely to develop the condition, and what you can do to lower your risk for it.
Being unable to have or keep an erection adequate for sexual activity is the defining mark of erectile dysfunction. The problem may manifest itself in several ways.
If you are having problems achieving or maintaining an erection, you may want to take a look at your medicine cabinet first. A number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs may cause erectile dysfunction.
Think you may have erectile dysfunction? You may be surprised to learn that a lot of the things we know aren’t good for your health can also affect your ability to get or keep an erection.
Psychological factors like stress, anxiety and depression are responsible for about 10%-20% of all cases of erectile dysfunction.
Many things can lead to ED. Stress, depression, anxiety, and alcohol use often trigger it. In other cases, physical factors like diabetes, kidney disease and blood vessel diseases are the culprit.
About 35% to 75% of men with diabetes will experience at least some degree of erectile dysfunction during their lifetimes.
Vascular diseases, which affect blood flow to the organs, may be the cause of ED in as many as 50% to 70% of men who have it.
The link between atherosclerosis -- the hardening of the body's arteries -- and erectile dysfunction is well known to doctors. If you have ED, understanding the connection might save your life.
While many drugs used to treat high blood pressure have been linked to erectile dysfunction, some are much less likely to cause problems. Certain high blood pressure drugs may even improve erectile dysfunction for some men.
Prostate cancer is not a cause of erectile dysfunction. However, treatments for the disease can cause it.
If you’re at risk of developing erectile dysfunction, taking steps to prevent it – like stopping smoking, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight -- will also help you lead a healthier life overall.