Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

 The process of achieving an erection is complex and problems may occur for a variety of reasons. These problems can be psychological, physical, or a combination of the two.

Physical causes of ED are related to a breakdown or damage to the sequence of events that lead to an erection. This sequence involves nerve impulses in the brain, spine, and penis as well as the subsequent response in the muscles, fibrous tissues, veins and arteries in and near the corpora cavernosa.

Often times the breakdown or damage in the sequence affects the arteries, muscles, and surrounding tissues of the penis, and this breakdown is most commonly the result of a disease. Diseases that commonly cause ED include:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Neurological (nerve and brain) diseases
  • Vascular disease
  • Prostate cancer
  • Surgery
  • Injury
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Venous leak
  • Tobacco, alcohol or drug use
  • Prescription drugs
  • Prostate enlargement

A great number of various researches have tried to answer the question of how many men suffer from ED, and the different researches give the absolutely different numbers. Some claim that one in ten men suffer from ED Worldwide, while others say the figure is up to 30%. A recent study in America reports that 15 up to 30 million American men may suffer from some form of impotence.

The conclusion one can draw is that impotence is often associated with age, with males over 40 to suffer more likely than younger people, although one can not exclude the presence of ED in young men, as it is frequently encountered.

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