Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual problem that involves the inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
ED affects an estimated 30 million men in the US, and the likelihood of experiencing it becomes exponentially greater as you age. By age 65, as many as a quarter of all men experience erectile dysfunction.
Physical and psychological causes – or a combination of the two – may contribute to male sexual dysfunction. However, the vast majority of instances of ED are due to physical (organic) causes as opposed to psychological origins.
The list of organic causes of ED is seemingly endless. For example, the following all increase your risk of erectile dysfunction:
Causes of ED
- Alcohol consumption
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Injury to the penis
- Lack of exercise
- Marijuana use
- Medication side effects
While ED can be distressing for men and their partners, it is important to know that there are treatment solutions available, no matter the cause. Because every case of erectile dysfunction involves a unique set of physical, medical, and psychosexual factors, the first step is to talk to your urologist about how to best restore or enhance your sexual function.