Common causes for erectile dysfunction

If you’re living with erectile dysfunction (ED) you might think that it’s something you’ve just got to put up with, and you might think it prevents you from having a healthy, active sex life.

An erection occurs when signals from the brain stimulate the nerves which then send signals to the arteries to pump blood to the penis. When one part of that process doesn’t work it can cause ED.

However, there’s lots of reasons you could be suffering from ED, and many of them are easily resolvable with a trip to the GP, and some medication like tadalafil. You can buy tadalafil online too, so you can get medication discreetly and without anyone having to find out.

Common Causes for Erectile Dysfunction


Smoking and other lifestyle factors


If you’re a smoker, then you’re more likely to have problems with ED. When you smoke, the cigarette chemicals can affect the blood vessels in the penis. They can damage the blood vessels, andreduce the flow of blood to the penis. Blood flow to the penis is what gives you your erection, so this is why ED is caused by smoking.  Quitting smoking can help reverse the effects.

Other lifestyle factors include heavy drinking, obesity and even cycling.

Physical health issues


There are lots of physical health issues that can cause ED. Common medical conditions that also cause ED are atherosclerosis which is a narrowing of the arteries, including in the penis, and diabetes. Men with diabetes are three times more likely to be affected by ED and more likely to experience it 10 to 15 years earlier than men who don’t have the condition.

Heart problems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can also cause ED. So it’s important to see your doctor to investigate what the problem could be.

Neurological conditions


Conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis and other nerve related disorders affect the brain’s ability to communicate with the nervous system to send the signals to the penis.

Other medications


When you take some medications, they can affect the blood flow, which can cause ED. If this does occur, don’t stop taking the medication, but seek medical advice. You may be able to take a medication for ED that can help.

Hormone issues


Issues such as low testosterone and abnormal thyroid levels can also cause ED. You will need to have tests through your doctor to establish if this is the case. Medication can help to deal with these problems.