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Top 5 Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that has many possible physiological and psychological causes. It is normal to have occasional difficulty in achieving an erection due to stressors, such as drinking too much alcohol, relationship problems and stress. If you experience difficulties in penile erection that occur more than 50% of the time, you should consult your doctor to determine the underlying causes. 

The top 5 causes of erectile dysfunction include:

1. Age

ED becomes more common as you get older. Research says that up to 50% of men over the age of 40 experience the problem.

2. Underlying Medical Conditions


Blood sugar is one of the crucial endocrine functions that affect your body including your sexual performance. Diabetes can create ED problems in two main ways: hindering the hormones required to maintain the sexual libido or by causing damage to the penile nerves creating a lack of blood supply.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Frequent ED can be a sign of poor cardiovascular health. When men have high cholesterol levels, their body starts building up cholesterol plaque and block the arteries including the ones in your penis. During sex, this blockage reduces the blood flow into your penile chambers preventing the penis from developing the required elongation.

3. Psychological Issues

Common psychological factors include stress, anxiety and depression. Psychological issues can also have a huge impact on your overall mood, sexual confidence and self-esteem. 

4. Lifestyle

Lifestyle factors, such as obesity, smoking, alcohol use and exercise levels can also affect erectile function. Seeking corrective measures can help restore functionality.

5. Medication

There are various over the counter and prescription medications for which ED can be a side effect. Some common medications include antihistamines, antidepressants, opioids and cancer drugs. It is best to consult with your doctor to discuss these potential side effects to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

There are many resources available to address these causes so you should consult our medical team to discuss your options. 

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