Five Most Common Root Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

The failure to have an erection could happen to any man, regardless of age, but it is not something to agonize over. However, if it happens, most of the time he is trying to “get it on” inside the bedroom and he might need a lengthy, tricky and objective look to examine if he is inflicted with any risk factors for erectile dysfunction (ED). Though, this might be a little embarrassing and maybe even humiliating to some, the causes of erectile dysfunction are early warning signals of far more serious problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.


A man needs to have or be blessed with a system of healthy blood vessels, nerves, male hormones and a healthy libido for a strong erection, and in turn, a healthy sex life.

If one is inflicted with diabetes, it could cause serious destruction to his nerves and blood vessels which controls the erection; so, it is possible that a guy may have healthy hormone levels as well as normal sexual desire but if he is down with diabetes, he may not experience a proper erection.

Usage, abuse of drugs

Drugs, whether prescribed or bought over the counter, could also lead to the interference of proper erectile function. A well known drug for erectile dysfunction like viagra (sildenafil) could actually cause serious erection problems if it is being abused.

Some of the common medications that may cause erectile dysfunction include those used to handle diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), depending on the person’s body. On the other end of the scale, illegal drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin are well known to cause Erectile Dysfunction. Alcohol is also a major contributing factor to (ED), although it does make one longing for sex which leads to Shakespeare’s famous saying, “Drinking provokes the desire, but takes away the performance.”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Having high blood pressure can prevent the veins and arteries to the penis from dilating (opening up fully)and thus does allow blood to flow freely to the male genital. This, as a result, leads also to erectile problems.

Smoking is also a major contributor to ED as it often increases one’s blood pressure as well as destructs blood vessels.

Being Overweight and Obese

It is a pretty well known fact that those who are overweight or obese would not have a healthy sex life due to the lack of physical stamina and a healthy body image.

A psychologist from Duke University once did a study and concludes that in order to improve the quality of a couples’ sex life ( assuming one or both are overweight), they would need to lose approximately ten percent of their total weight.

Atherosclerosis (Blood or Heart vessel disease)

This is a where plaque builds up and hardens the veins and blood vessel walls of the penis, preventing a sufficient amount of blood to get to the penis, and eventually causing erectile dysfunction.

Discussed above are a few factors which could contribute to problem of erectile dysfunction and hopefully makes one take notice, take action and measures to correct these problems.

Most men, due to their ego, tend to make a connection to their masculinity and very self worth with the skill of performing sexually and feel weak and embarrassing, to be missing in this area. Fortunately, in the modern day context, with various medical breakthroughs Wit regards to the area of men’s sexual health, there is no longer a need to suffer in silence from Erectile Dysfunction.

Media attention has produced greater awareness and also played a large role in getting other men to discuss with their partners and their doctors in this area, the causes of Erectile Dysfunction.

Author: Marc Benson;

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