“Erectile dysfunction, often referred to as ED, is characterized by a persistent and recurring inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Psychological, physical and lifestyle issues can all cause ED, as can trauma to nerves and arteries,” according to livestrong.com.
Also known as impotence, erectile dysfunction may happen as a man gets older and additional causes include medication or health-related issues, but psychological and relationship-related factors such as stress and anxiety may be reasons for younger men getting ED.
The sourced articles below should provide you, and your significant other, with more information on when to seek a medical diagnosis and treatment for erectile dysfunction.
- Erectile Dysfunction
“Regardless of the cause, erectile dysfunction often can be effectively treated. For some men, simply losing weight may help. Others may need medications. If these steps aren’t effective, a number of other options, including injections and vacuum devices, are available. Given the variety of options, the possibility of finding the right solution is now greater than ever before.”
Online Resource, harvard.edu, accessed on 5/29/2018
- What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
“Most men have problems with erections from time to time. But when this happens more than half of the time, then ED is present. ED can happen when health problems limit blood flow or damage nerves in the penis. ED can also be caused by stress or emotional reasons. ED can be an early warning of a more serious illness. Heart disease, high blood pressure and high blood sugar can all cause ED. Finding and treating the cause(s) of your ED can help your overall health and well-being.”
Online Resource, urologyhealth.org, accessed on 5/29/2018
- Erectile Dysfunction Is On the Rise Among Young Men And Here’s Why
“For older men, the condition is typically related to atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), diabetes or high blood pressure. But up to a quarter of new ED patients are now under 40, and a scroll through online health forums shows an increasing number of young men are seeking therapy for erectile dysfunction. Unless the cause is physiological nerve damage or deep psychological issues, the condition is usually temporary in younger men, but that doesn’t make it any less unnerving. Sex therapist Dr Morgan Francis cites an increase in pornography viewing … For some men, like 32-year-old Ali, it was an unhealthy lifestyle in his twenties that triggered erectile dysfunction. … Similarly, cannabis smokers should be wary of ‘weed dick’.”
Marie Claire Staff, marieclaire.co.uk, 3/13/2018
- Some Drugs May Cause Your Erectile Dysfunction
“One reason erectile dysfunction becomes more common with age is that older men are more likely to be on some kind of medication. … However, the most common type of drug that may lead to ED is blood pressure medication. … The connection is not too surprising since ED often occurs in men who smoke or are overweight, both of which are common risk factors for high blood pressure. ED also might serve as a warning sign for undiagnosed high blood pressure or heart disease. … If you are taking any medications, consult with your doctor to see if the medications may be associated with your ED.”
Matthew Solan, harvard.edu, 2/6/2018
- 12 Tactics For Dealing With Erectile Dysfunction
“Until the early 1970s, experts thought underlying problems in the psyche caused most erection problems. Today, the medical community recognizes that medications, lifestyle choices, or injuries are some of the most common erectile dysfunction causes. Here’s what our experts advise for responding to erectile dysfunction …”
The Editors Of Prevention, prevention.com, 2/5/2018
- No, Fellas, Cycling Won’t Kill Your Erection
“These results echo the findings of a 2014 study of more than 5,282 male cyclists, which found no connection between cycling and erectile dysfunction or infertility, regardless of how many miles or hours logged on the bike. That included cyclists churning out 200 miles a week.”
Selene Yeager, bicycling.com, 1/18/2018
- What Causes Erectile Dysfunction In Young Men?
“For many young men, performance anxiety plays a large role in erectile dysfunction. Other factors include money and work problems, as well as relationship issues and even issues about sexual orientation. Undiagnosed depression and post-traumatic stress disorder can cause erectile dysfunction–especially if the PTSD is related to a past sexual experience.”
Julia Michelle, livestrong.com, 8/14/2017
- Erectile Disorder: Not the End Of The World
“Just as a good erection results from a combination of physical, psychological, and relationship factors, so too are erectile difficulties potentially influenced by all of these, so we need to look at all three in order to figure out what is getting in the way. … Psychological: Depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, sexual self-doubt, and poor body image … Relationship: Other relationship or sexual issues can impact a man’s ability to get an erection with his partner, as can his partner’s sexual functioning (e.g., low or ambivalent desire, pain with sex, etc.).”
Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA, psychologytoday.com, 5/4/2017
- A Few Hard Truths About Porn And Erectile Dysfunction
“Another 2015 study, this time of 208 non-treatment seeking American men indicated that viewing pornography was ‘unlikely to negatively impact sexual functioning, given that responses actually were stronger in those who viewed more [pornography]’.”
Kris Taylor, vice.com, 4/23/2017
- Hair Loss And Prostate Drugs Linked To Persistent Erectile Dysfunction In Men
“Men with longer exposure to the drugs finasteride and dutasteride had a higher risk of getting persistent erectile dysfunction than men with less exposure, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The persistent erectile dysfunction continued despite stopping these drugs, in some cases for months or years.”
Marla Paul, northwestern.edu, 3/9/2017