Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that affects more than 30 million American men, according to a report cited by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). It is characterized by the inability to achieve firm and long-lasting erections, enough to last throughout sexual intercourse.
Although ED is more prevalent among older men, it can affect younger men as well. Thanks to widespread awareness of the treatments available to address ED, more and more younger men are being diagnosed and treated for ED.
Let’s talk about some of the main causes of ED and what you can do about it:
Vascular Causes of ED
ED may be due to underlying causes that point to poor vascular health. A firm erection requires healthy blood flow, and this may be impeded in someone with vascular disease.
Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for ED, because excess weight puts pressure on the blood vessels throughout the body. Other possible causes include heart disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption can also negatively affect the vascular system and contribute to ED.
Erectile Dysfunction Due to Nerve Damage
Some men may have ED due to nerve damage brought on by existing health conditions. For instance, diabetes is a leading cause of nerve damage – known as diabetic neuropathy. Nerves and the sensations they carry are important in sexual health.
Nerve damage is often the result of damaged blood vessels and poor circulation. For this reason, it is recommended that men who have diabetes maintain proper blood glucose levels as a key part of ED treatment.
Psychological Causes of ED
Many men who experience ED also report having high stress levels. If the man’s stress levels were already high, such as due to a high-pressure profession, ED can add to the anxiety even more.
Depression, anxiety, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) are just a few of the psychological issues that may cause ED. Addressing the underlying mental health issue can help treat a man’s ED so he can feel like himself again.
Erectile Dysfunction Due to Medication
Another possible cause of ED is medication that is being taken as treatment for other health conditions. Pain-relief medicines, antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure medication, and chemotherapy can all cause erectile dysfunction. Recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin may also cause ED.
ED Treatment in Edmonds and Seattle, WA
Men who are experiencing symptoms of ED are often reluctant to seek help for their condition due to feelings of shame and embarrassment. However, not seeking treatment can only serve to compound the issue. ED is a health issue and should be treated as such.
At Affirm Clinic, we offer effective treatment options to our patients who are experiencing ED. In addition to the well-known oral therapies, we also offer shockwave therapy, GAINSWave therapy, and nitric oxide treatment.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Affirm Clinic today by calling (206) 231-6000 or by filling out our secure appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you achieve maximum sexual health.