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What causes erectile dysfunction in older men?

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The most common causes or erectile dysfunction, or impotence, in older men are conditions that block blood flow to the penis. That can include diabetes or narrow arteries from plaque. Other causes could be a faulty vein that lets blood drain too quickly from the penis, hormones, and certain surgeries.

Some medications also may interfere with nerve signals involved in an erection. They include stimulants, sedatives, diuretics, antihistamines, and drugs to treat high blood pressure, cancer, or depression.

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Montague, D. July 2005. Journal of Urology,

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Aromatherapy May Make Good Scents, But Does It Work?"

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCES:

National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Erectile Dysfunction."

Montague, D. July 2005. Journal of Urology,

Ginsberg, T. , September 2006. Medical Clinics of North America

Albersen M. , January 1, 2011. Medical Clinics of  North America

Heidelbaugh J. , February 01, 201. American Family Physician

Lee M. August 11,-2009. BJU International,  

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Aromatherapy May Make Good Scents, But Does It Work?"

Rakel, R. , W.B. Saunders Company, 2011. Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Ginkgo."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Asian Ginseng."

Bope, E, Kellerman, R. , 1st Edition, Saunders, 2011. Conn's Current Therapy 2012

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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