What Causes Erectile Dysfunction

By on November 9, 2014
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Research shows that 40% of men in their 40s are affected by erectile dysfunction (ED) and that 75% of men with ED do not seek treatment. A prominent reason is that men wait a very long time before seeking medical help, even with something that causes physical pain.

Erectile dysfunction is defined as experiencing problems achieving an erection at least 50% of the time and that is something you absolutely should see your doctor about. EHC brings you following causes of ED and if you find any one of them you should seek medical help.

Cell phone

According to new studies in Austria and Egypt, there's a link between daily cell phone use and erectile dysfunction. Researchers found that men in the study who used their cell phones for more than four hours a day were more likely to become impotent than those who used it for less than two hours a day. Either electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones or the heat they generate, the researchers believe, is getting you down.

Stressful Job

Men who work in an environment prone to depression and anxiety (think food service staff, health care workers, firefighters, and police officers) are more likely to cope by smoking, drinking, and taking antidepressants, which have all been linked to increasing the risk of ED. In fact, anxiety and depression are the leading psychological causes for dysfunction. Erections require the nervous system to trigger them, and if the system is depressed or distracted, then it won't happen.

Gum disease

We know that bad breath is a turn off in our sex life, but it is more than that. Inflamed or infected gums (periodontitis) may cause erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a new study. Identifying and treating periodontitis in men presenting with or without [erectile dysfunction] may improve the patient’s sexual health, research concludes.

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Lot of Adult films

The adult site revealed they had more than 14 billion visitors in 2013, averaging 1.7 million visits an hour. Excessively watching adult films can lead to psychological problems. Adult films is often skewed from reality, and there's research suggesting that the human brain organically changes when you watch too much of it. It becomes almost like an addiction and could make it so you can't get aroused without that kind of stimulation. Consider seeing a counselor or therapist about a potential addiction to pornography.

Cardiovascular disease

High blood pressure and cholesterol restrict blood flow and harden your arteries, allowing plaque to build up. These two conditions can cause a stroke, which can then damage the nerves running through your body, including the ones to your penis. People who work out have better overall health and flow to their genitals.

Snoring

Snoring could be a symptom of sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to stop breathing for 10 to 30-second increments. The less oxygen in the blood, the worse your body's overall function will be, including sexual function. The right treatment can reverse the disorder.

Stamina increasing Medicines

You can take all such you want, but if you have poor circulation because of diabetes, it's going to be difficult to work. Everyone wants to walk out with a medicine sample, but medications weren't developed to treat underlying causes, just symptoms. It's more important to figure out why you've developed the dysfunction in the first place. Work with your doctor or therapist to find the right treatment instead of focusing on a pill.

Medications

Medications, such as finasteride (known by its brand names Propecia and Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart), used to treat male pattern hair loss and enlarged prostate may produce side effects such as erectile dysfunction and loss of libido in some men. These drugs work by reducing the amount of dihydrotestosterone circulating in the blood, which is the male sex hormone that helps maintain sensual drive.

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Bicycling

Long-distance bicycling may also increase your risk of erectile dysfunction. A study found that 4 percent of male bicyclists who spent at least three hours per week in the saddle experienced moderate to severe erectile dysfunction, while only about 1 percent of runners who were the same age experienced ED. When you sit on a bike seat, you bear weight on the nerves and arteries that carry blood to the penis. Over time, these vessels can become damaged, resulting in decreased blood flow to the penis and risk of ED.

Tight clothing

Though not directly contributing to ED, wearing tight underwear can contribute to a decreased sperm count and potentially lead to infertility. Testicles, our semen stores, need space and the right temperature to function optimally. Avoid tight clothing that constricts the testicles, keeping them too close to the body, raising their temperature and hindering sperm production.

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