Erectile dysfunction defined
What causes erectile dysfunction?
- Physical or Medical (Organic impotence)
- Mixed origin – both psychological and physical
- Unknown origin
Psychological erectile dysfunction
Physical or medical erectile dysfunction
- Failure to initiate results from impaired release of the chemical messages sent by the nervous system. The inability to initiate an erection can be seen in cases of hormonal insufficiency, spinal cord injury, radical pelvic surgery, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
- Failure to fill results from poor blood flow into the penis. The inability to develop an erection rigid enough for intercourse is caused by blockage in the arteries, common in cases of hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes and pelvic trauma.
- Failure to store results from venous leakage when blood escapes too quickly from the penis, leaking back into the body. This inability to maintain an erection rigid enough for intercourse is common in cases of hypertension, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and pelvic trauma.
Is a very common cause of Erectile Dysfunction. This disease can damage both blood vessels and nerves. When nerves are affected, the brain cannot properly transmit the sexual stimulus that creates an erection. Some 50% to 70% of all diabetic men ultimately suffer from Erectile Dysfunction.
Are another cause of Erectile Dysfunction. They affect the nervous system and include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury with paralysis.
May also result in Erectile Dysfunction. Surgical procedures involving the prostate gland, the bladder or colon may damage the nerves and/or injure the blood vessels involved in erectile response. Radiation treatment in this area can also affect the erectile process.
Often cause Erectile Dysfunction as a side effect, and over 200 medications fall into this category. Never change a dosage or stop taking a prescribed drug without the advice of your doctor. Substance abuse affects erectile function as well. Illegal drugs and the excessive use of alcohol or tobacco can seriously damage the blood vessels and nerves involved in a normal erection.
Are another source of Erectile Dysfunction. For example, low levels of testosterone or thyroid hormone often cause poor quality erections. Excessive production of prolactin by the pituitary gland may contribute to a low testosterone level and lack of desire. Diabetes is also considered a hormonal disorder.