Erectile Dysfunction, also known as Impotence, is a condition which effects many men worldwide with recent figures indicating that the condition can effect as many as 1 out of every 10 men at any given time throughout the course of their lives. As with most medical conditions or ailments, there is not one conclusive underlying cause of the condition but many possible reasons why sexual dysfunction amongst men can occur. The more common of these reasons, which can be both physical and psychological, will be explained below in this article and may be able to provide some much needed explanation of why this condition can occur. Here are reasons for erectile dysfunction in young men and men above 40
This condition, which is scientifically known as Arteriosclerosis, is a process defined by the hardening of a person’s arteries which can often lead to erectile dysfunction. There are many attributing factors to the developing of this condition such as diet, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and lifestyle choices like smoking, which over a number of years can cause this hardening to take place. Vascular disease is often associated with age and can account for as many as 65% of all erectile dysfunction cases in men over the age of 60.
At present there are well over 200 prescription treatments which are known to cause or at least contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction. These commonly prescribed medications can include treatments for depression, hypertension, cardiovascular conditions as well as sedatives and tranquilizers. In addition to these treatments there are a number of other substances, such as prohibited recreational drugs which are also known to be responsible for the development of this condition.
Diabetes is a condition which is caused by high levels of sugar within the blood, which over a number of years can cause substantial damage to both the nerves and blood vessels found throughout the body. This condition is one of if not the single highest physical cause of erectile dysfunction cases with as many as 60% of men with ED as a direct result of Diabetes.
This condition is extremely rare and is more frequent in men who are advancing in age. It is an inflammatory condition, which causes considerable scarring of the tissue found within the penis which causes abnormal curvature of a man’s penis. This condition can often interfere with the sexual function of its sufferers as well as causing erections to be considerably painful.
Venous Leak is a condition where by the veins found within the penis are unable to prevent blood from flowing out, causing an erection to be lost. This condition can be occur for a number of different including disease, injury or other general damage to the veins which are located within the penis.
It is possible for erectile dysfunction to be caused by a deficiency in the amount of sex hormones, such as testosterone, found within the body. This physical accounts for less than 5% of all impotence cases and can not only make achieving an erection difficult but these disorders may also cause a decrease in sex drive and libido amongst men. This may two causes for the development of a hormone disorder such as this are an excess amount of a hormone called prolactin, often caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland, or from liver or kidney disease which can cause an imbalance of these hormones within the body.
Another cause of impotence can be neurologic conditions, including brain or spinal cord injuries such as stroke, paraplegia, etc. These can also be accompanied by a number of nerve disorders including the likes of parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis commonly known as MS.
In addition to the numerous physical causes of this condition there are also a number of psychological reasons why erectile dysfunction can occur. These reasons, which usually bring about the condition temporarily, include depression, stress, anxiety, guilt and a whole host of different forms of psychiatric ailments. These conditions often also lower a patients want or desire for sex as well as directly inhibiting the erection process.
Author: Hayden Eck