The 7 Most Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

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There is one very simple way a man can tell what his overall health is… does his penis work properly when he wants/needs it to.

Erections are dependent on important factors of a man’s overall health – his hormone levels, heart strength, blood flow and nerve function, to name a few.

If there are trouble in any of these areas, there’s a very good chance a man will experience erectile dysfunction (ED).

According to the American Urological Association, 1 in 10 men will experience ED at some point in their lives, with their odds increasing as they age.

With this in mind, here are 7 common causes of erectile dysfunction men should be aware of:

  1. Partying Hardy

While alcohol and recreational drugs may initially heighten sexual desire, eventually they can take a toll on your sexual performance. Even young men may struggle to achieve an erection after a night of hard partying. While the issue should fade away once you sober up, if this happens over and over to you, you can suffer from the next common cause on this list…

  1. Performance Anxiety

Once you have a few slip-ups in the bedroom, you begin to really worry about your performance each time. This anxiety can trigger a release of adrenaline, which in turn directs blood flow away from your penis. Without blood flow to your penis, your member can’t become engorged and rigid.

It’s important to get a handle on your performance anxiety, because in this case, it really is a self-fulfilled prophecy.

  1. Lack of Sleep

Fatigue is a common cause of ED. Research has shown that poor sleep decreases the male sex hormone testosterone. A study also found that nearly 70% of men with sleep apnea also suffer from ED.

If you’re someone who prides themselves on burning the candle at both ends, you may be doing more damage than good for your sexual health.

If you limit your partying behavior, make sure to get enough sleep, and learn to feel more confident about your bedroom game, you may be able to put an end to your erectile dysfunction.

  1. Medications

One of the most common, yet overlooked, causes of ED are prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. If you do any bit of research, you’ll see an amazing amount of medications these days list ED as a potential side effect!

What are some of the biggest culprits in the medication world?

  • Diuretics
  • High blood pressure medications
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Pain medications (even some like Advil and aspirin)

If you think a medication you are on may be affecting your ability to achieve an erection, speak with your doctor about finding an alternative. NEVER stop taking a medication without speaking to your doctor first.

  1. Depression

Beyond taking an antidepressant that may cause ED, the feeling of depression itself can inhibit sexual expression. Talk therapy and exercise are two ways men can deal with their emotions and start to feel better.

  1. Type 2 Diabetes

ED is one of the most common complications of diabetes in men. And in men over the age of 50, the risk of ED nearly doubles. Diabetes, over time, damages blood vessels that get blood to your penis. The worse your circulation, the less chance of getting an erection. This is why ED is often a sign that the disease is already present.

  1. Obesity

Did you know that being overweight is one of the surest ways to develop ED? According to the National Institutes of Health, having a BMI of 25 or greater can disrupt a man’s hormonal balance, cell function, and insulin resistance.

And, as you may well know, once you hit the big 4-0, it becomes increasingly easy to pack on the pounds. That’s why it is so important to eat right and exercise regularly to keep every aspect of your health, including sexual health.

While this list is not exhaustive, I’ve definitely covered the most common causes of erectile dysfunction. Hopefully you have gained some insight and can make the necessary changes to get your mojo back in the bedroom.

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