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What causes erection problems?

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Erection problems are usually caused by atherosclerosis -- hardening of the arteries. If damaged, the tiny blood vessels supplying the penis can no longer dilate to bring in the strong flow needed for a firm erection. Diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, and high cholesterol are the three main causes of atherosclerosis and erectile dysfunction.

At the same time, low testosterone is a frequent partner to atherosclerosis in creating erectile dysfunction. In studies, as many as one in three men who mention ED to their doctor have low testosterone. Experts believe that in men with other factors causing erectile dysfunction, low testosterone can strongly contribute. This makes a difficult situation even worse.

From: Low Testosterone and Sex Drive WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Virginia Health system: "Erectile Dysfunction / Impotence."

Seftel, A. 2006. International Journal of Impotence Research,

WebMD Medical reference: "Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction."

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Kohler, T. , 2008. Urology

Araujo, A. 2007. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 15, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Virginia Health system: "Erectile Dysfunction / Impotence."

Seftel, A. 2006. International Journal of Impotence Research,

WebMD Medical reference: "Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction."

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Kohler, T. , 2008. Urology

Araujo, A. 2007. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 15, 2017

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