Disorders that cause erectile dysfunction
Many people think that impotence is caused by psychological issues. This is true in some cases. Anxiety or fear of failure or performance may adversely affect erectile ability, but erectile dysfunction can also have a physical cause. There are a number of disorders that are related to erectile dysfunction.
Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, can affect the functioning of blood vessels and nerve fibres. This can have a negative impact on the circulation in the penis, reducing its erectile capacity. The penis is only able to become stiff enough when the swelling vessels are completely filled with blood. Diabetes is a major cause of impotence. According to the British Medical Association, about half of the men with this condition will eventually have to cope with erectile problems.
Multiple sclerosis disrupts the communication between nerve cells. Sexual stimuli are, therefore, not passed on properly, which can lead to erectile dysfunction. The penis simply does not receive a signal from the brain, resulting in an erection. Other conditions that cause nerve damage (such as a cerebral infarction or diabetes) can also cause impotence.
The prostate is located in an area where there are also many nerve clusters and blood vessels that are essential for erectile capacity. If the prostate needs to be removed because of prostate cancer, a nerve may be affected during surgery, potentially causing impotence. Incidentally, external radiation and hormone therapy in prostate cancer can also have an adverse effect on erectile capacity.
The circulatory system plays an important role in getting an erection. If the blood vessels are not in optimal condition, less blood can flow into the penis. As a result, the penis becomes less hard or even completely floppy in the worst case. The condition of the blood vessels can sometimes deteriorate due to arteriosclerosis, a condition in which the blood vessels slowly clog up impeding the flow of the blood. Arteriosclerosis can occur under the influence of the following factors:
High cholesterol. Too many bad fats stick to the vessel walls, making them less flexible;
Unhealthy lifestyle (being overweight, not enough exercise, unhealthy food, smoking);
High blood pressure;
Erectile dysfunction as a side effect of medication
Sometimes it is not a disease, but the medicine countering the disease that is the culprit when it comes to impotence. Some sleeping pills, for example, can cause erectile dysfunction. Antidepressants and beta-blockers are also known to reduce erectile capacity. If you feel that your impotence is the result of your medication usage, talk to a doctor.
What can you do to treat erectile dysfunction?
Erection problems can be effectively treated nowadays, even if they are the result of a condition. Erection pills can temporarily increase blood flow to the penis, which increases the likelihood of a firm erection.
A vacuum pump can help with erectile dysfunction caused by nerve damage. However, in order to prevent impotence caused by arteriosclerosis, a healthy lifestyle is very important. This means not drinking very much alcohol, stopping smoking and eating a healthy diet. In addition, exercise can do a lot of good: sports improves circulation, including that of the penis!