Cause of Erectile Dysfunction
LifestyleLifestyle choices that contribute to heart disease and vascular problems also raise the risk of erectile dysfunction. Smoking (which affects blood flow in veins and arteries), being overweight, or avoiding exercise can all lead to erectile dysfunction.
Surgery (especially radical prostate and bladder surgery for cancer) can injure nerves and arteries near the penis, which can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, and pelvis can lead to erectile dysfunction by harming:
- Smooth muscles
- Fibrous tissues of the corpora cavernosa.
In addition, erectile dysfunction can be a side effect of many common medicines. Some of these medicines may include:
- Blood pressure drugs
- Appetite suppressants
- Cimetidine (an ulcer drug).
Experts believe that psychological factors can be a cause of erectile dysfunction in 10 percent to 20 percent of erectile dysfunction cases. These factors include:
Men with a physical erectile dysfunction cause also frequently experience the same sort of psychological reactions (for example, stress, anxiety, guilt, or depression).