Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Common Symptoms and Cause of ED

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as difficulty in getting and maintaining an erection that is firm enough for sex. This condition is very common, and is actually the most frequent sexual health complaint from men of all ages.

What Are the Symptoms of ED?

Generally all symptoms of erectile dysfunction will contribute to an inability to develop or sustain an erection. A lowered libido can also be a common sign of ED.

If you experience erectile dysfunction in rare instances, and you have no other related health conditions, you should be able to manage your ED without much trouble. Such situations are completely normal, and should not warrant a significant amount of worry.

However, if you begin to become concerned about erectile dysfunction and how much it is impacting your daily life, we encourage you to see a specialist.


Physical Causes of ED

ED normally stems from two separate categories of physical and mental health issues.

Most often, erectile dysfunction is the result of a physical problem. These can include a variety of different situations, but they typically relate to:

  • Not having enough blood flow to the penis – Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and hardened arteries can all restrict the functions of an individual’s circulatory system, which can prevent proper amounts of blood flow to certain areas of the body. It may also be difficult for an individual to keep blood in the penis long enough to sustain an erection.
  • Problems with the nerve endings – Damage to the pelvic region can often lead to damage of the nerves. Injury, cancer treatments, or even a disrupted signal from the brain can all cause these nerves to malfunction and diminish a person’s senses.
  • Side effects of medication – There is always a risk to taking a medication, but some risks can impact sexual function both temporarily and long-term. Make sure to discuss all possible side effects to a new medication with your healthcare provider.

Psychological Causes of ED

Other cases of erectile dysfunction may be caused by emotional or psychological issues, such as:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Worry about poor sexual performance

It is certainly possible for both physical and mental factors to contribute toward a single patient’s erectile dysfunction. Many people with ED discover that a physical issue will lead to stress in a relationship or about sexual performance, which can make their erectile dysfunction even more difficult to deal with.

This potentially endless circle can be broken by speaking with a Dr. Rittenberg about your erectile dysfunction and what may be causing it to occur.