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  • Writer's pictureDr. Tarra Bates-Duford

Erectile Dysfunction: 8 Risks

Erectile dysfunction is characterized as the inability to get and sustain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. However, experiencing challenges related to achieving and maintaining an erection from time to time is not necessarily a cause for panic or concern. Erectile challenges can be related to excessive alcohol or drug consumption, medication side effect, an underlying medical condition, blood vessels, loss of interest in partner, stress, emotional conflict, etc. Needless to say, increased stress, physical, as well as mental health can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction- Physical:

  • High blood pressure

  • Obesity/morbid obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • Athersclerosis

  • Excessive alcohol/drug consumption

  • High cholesterol

  • Result from medication side effects

  • Sleep disorders

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Prostate treatment

  • Some invasive surgeries

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction – Psychological:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Intense stress

  • Trauma

  • Relationship challenges

  • Low or poor self-esteem

  • Exhaustion

Types of Erectile Dysfunction May Include:

  • Difficulty achieving an erection

  • Difficulty sustaining an erection

  • Decreased sexual desire/interest

Risk Factors Associated with Erectile Dysfunction Include:

  • Age (being very young or in advanced age)

  • Being overweight

  • Drug or alcohol abuse

  • Medication side effect

  • Invasive surgery

  • Injury

  • Trauma

  • Emotional Distress

Treatment for Erectile dysfunction can include psychotherapy, medication, Alprostadil urethral suppository, penile implants, pumps, blood vessel surgery, or a change in lifestyle, i.e., eliminating or reducing alcohol/drug consumption, change in medication, weight loss, stop smoking, nutritional changes, exercise, or relationship counseling. Many men that suffer from erectile dysfunction benefit from a combination of several treatment options. Erectile dysfunction does not have to be a destabilizing condition, treatment is available to restore healthy sexual functioning.

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