Erectile dysfunction is becoming increasingly more prominent. Though not inevitable, men over age 40 have a good chance of developing it, and the risk increases as a man grows older. There are all different levels too, from mild to severe. If once in a while a man has trouble performing, that’s one thing. But if he notices it happening even here and there, but more than just occasionally, chances are he is developing ED, and should seek medical attention. Home remedies are ineffective, and over-the-counter herbal treatments can be dangerous. 15% of the time, a mood disorder is at fault. Depression, anxiety—particularly performance anxiety, significant and prolonged stress, and relationship issues can all cause the problem. In the case of performance anxiety, one bad time can become a self-fulfilling prophecy and a vicious cycle. Believing you can’t do it undermines your ability, and cements the belief, making an erection even less likely in the future.
The majority of the time, a physical problem is to blame. Besides an emotional issue, there are three main causes to ED. These are lack of blood flow, nerve damage, and a hormonal imbalance. The cardiovascular, nervous, and endocrine systems work together in a complex fashion to cause an erection to occur. But a problem in one area can affect the final outcome. Before treatment is attempted, all of these must be medically investigated. Blood flow is most often the trouble. Usually, it stems from the arteries being clogged with plaque, a symptom of heart disease. Low testosterone could be the issue. For diabetics, those who have undergone pelvic surgery, or have suffered a back injury, a nerve problem is likely. Generally speaking, ED is rarely part and parcel of a neurological disorder, though it may be experienced with the onset of Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. The good news is, male sexual dysfunction can be treated in all cases. But it could also be a symptom of a more serious, underlying illness, which is why anyone suffering from ED should seek out a physician or specialist—in this case an urologist, and get checked out.