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The Most Common Reasons For Erectile Dysfunction

May 31, 2008
Erectile dysfunction is a condition which causes a man to experience difficulties in attaining or maintaining an erection. The process of attaining an erection, although it seems simple, is a complex process which can be impacted for a variety of reasons. Any problem, whether psychological or physical or a combination of these, can have a negative effect on a man's ability to obtain an erection or in other words experience erectile dysfunction (ED).

Physical causes of erectile dysfunction are any physical problem which causes damage or a disruption in the sequence of events which eventually lead to an erection. Many bodily processes are used to create an erection; these included the nerve impulses in the brain and spine as well as the penis. They also include appropriate responses by the veins and arteries in the groin along with appropriate responses by the muscles and fibrous tissues of the penis.

Diseases which cause damage or a breakdown in the arteries, muscles or the surrounding tissue of the penis can be a cause of ED. Some of the most common diseases with ED impact are:

Diabetes: Diabetes have been seen to cause damage to the nerves and arteries in the penis causing difficulties to achieve an erection. About 35 to 50% of the men with diabetes have reported experienced ED, however estimates are that up to 75% of the men with diabetes will experience ED within their lifetimes.

Kidney Disease: Kidney disease causes a chemical change which can have an effect on hormones, circulation system, nerve functions and energy levels. These changes can also have a negative effect on a male's sexual ability and sex drive. Also the drugs used to treat kidney disease can bring on erectile problems.

Neurological disease: The nervous system is one of the most important systems in the process of achieving and maintaining an erection. ED is often experienced by men that have experienced a stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease and other spinal cord injuries. This occurs due to the problems with the transmission of nerve impulses from the brain to the penis and back.

Vascular Disease: Vascular diseases are the diseases which affect the vascular or blood vessels. Diseases such as atherosclerosis, hypertension and high cholesterol can have an effect on erectile performance, since they all restrict the flow of blood to the heart, brain and other body parts. These diseases account for nearly three-quarters of the ED patients.

Prostate cancer: While prostate cancer does not specifically cause ED, however the treatment of prostate cancer, radiation, hormonal manipulation and surgery, can cause erection problems.

Not all physical causes are the results of diseases. There are several other causes that can result in physical difficulties with erections. These include:

Surgery: Surgery for prostate cancer and bladder cancer, which require the removal of nerves and tissues around the area with cancer, can result in ED. Sometimes this effect is temporary, while others may result in more permanent damage.

Injury: An injury to the bladder, pelvis, spinal cord or penis could cause ED, especially if surgery is required.

Hormonal imbalances: Hormonal imbalances, such as those caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland, kidney and liver disease or from hormonal treatment for prostate cancer, can affect the way a man responds to sexual stimulation.

Venous leak: Problems with the veins which prevent blood from leaving the penis during an erection resulting in an inability to maintain an erection is known as a venous leak. A venous leak can be the result of disease or an injury.

Tobacco, alcohol and drug use.

Prescription drugs: There are over 200 prescription drugs that have shown to have a negative effect on erectile performance. That's why I recommend you try natural remedies.
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