Men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) don’t want to hear that more than 50% of men over the age of 40 have the same problem. The problems of other men simply don’t matter when you are trying to "perform" and cannot. There are physical and psychological causes for ED, though most cases are caused by physical conditions that restrict blood flow to the penis. It is important to talk with your physician about your ED so that possible medical conditions can be ruled out, as ED may be the first sign of other health problems.
Health Considerations and Erectile Dysfunction
The main cause of ED is poor circulation to the penis, which is often caused by other health problems. Men with recurring ED may suffer from hypertension or diabetes, both of which are treatable with lifestyle changes and medication. Poor circulation may lead to other, more serious health problems, so medical treatment is crucial to overall health. Atherosclerosis is another condition that may cause erectile dysfunction. In this case, the ED is a symptom of a bigger problem that can lead to stroke if left untreated.
Other possible causes of ED that can be treated include:
- Hormone Imbalance
- Medication Side Effect
Your Prostate and Erectile Dysfunction
After middle age, the prostate gland starts to grow larger. It is important for aging men to have their prostate check regularly as an inflammation or excessive growth can be a symptom of an underlying, more serious condition. Prostate growth can lead to difficulty urinating and erectile dysfunction, in some cases. However, the most common cause of erectile dysfunction, in regards to the prostate, is prostate cancer. Both the condition and the treatment for the condition are known to cause difficult achieving and/or maintaining an erection.
Talking With Your Doctor About Erectile Dysfunction
There are multiple health conditions that can lead to ED. Some are rather mild and can be treated with weight loss and simple lifestyle changes, but others are more serious and can lead to death if not treated properly. If you are having trouble getting an erection or maintaining an erection, talk to your physician about your condition. Make sure to tell your doctor all urological symptoms you are currently experiencing, including difficulty urinating, painful urination or frequent urges to urinate as these can be additional symptoms of an underlying condition.