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What causes erection problems?

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Erection problems can be caused by:

  • Diabetes, especially if you have type 2
  • Blockages in the blood flow to the penis
  • Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries leading to the penis
  • Damage to arteries or nerves after radiation treatment
  • Leaky veins
  • Low levels of the male hormone testosterone or other hormonal disturbances
  • Conditions or behaviors that increase the risk of vascular disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol or the medications to treat these and other disorders

SOURCES: 

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. 

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. 

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 31, 2019

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