What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (impotence) is not hereditary and is not something that is passed through DNA to children, meaning that there are causes that could be leading to you being unable to gain or maintain an erection strong enough for sexual activity.

With hereditary passing ruled out towards the reason that you could be experiencing these problems, we feel that it is important that we highlight the three different categories of causes that could be leading to the problems that you are experiencing so that you can see whether you can relate to any of them.

Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

As failure to be able to get or maintain an erect penis is not solely based on the lack of blood flow that is able to access the penis at the point of being aroused, it is important that you understand that there are a variety of reasons that you could be experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

Some physical causes affect the nervous system (neurogenic), while others affect hormonal, vasculogenic and anatomical (the penis) aspects of your body.

Due to the nature of physical causes ranging so widely, it is important that you speak with your doctor to establish whether there are any other health risks or problems that you could be experiencing at this time that relate to the four core physical reasons we have already mentioned.

Speaking to your doctor and providing them with accurate information should allow them to be able to determine which of the physical causes could relate to your problem and remember that your health is unique to you, so just because someone you may know has spoken with their doctor does not mean that you should avoid doing so.

Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

In many cases there are reasons that relate to psychological reasoning that could be causing the issues that you are seeing in being able to become erect or maintaining a strong penis after becoming so and evidence has proven that emotional reasons such as relationship problems, depression and even performance anxiety can cause impotence.

Other reasons also include psychosis, a fear of intimacy and possible trauma and if your problems have begun following an increased level of a single, or multiple, of these causes mentioned, it could mean that your erectile dysfunction is based on a psychological issue.

Don’t feel that you should not be experiencing these problems if you find yourself suffering from any of the potential causes listed above, it is normal and speaking with your doctor could mean that they are able to help you to relieve the pyschological strain that your brain is under or at least help to control it better.

Lifestyle Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

The life you lead can have a large bearing on how you are able to perform when trying to become and maintain being erect and many of you reading this will be able to confirm that they have previously seen health warning messages on packets of cigerettes, even if that is not a lifestyle choice that you have made.

There is significant evidence that drug abuse, alcoholism, smoking and obesity are all linked to being able to cause the effects of impotence.

If you have made any of the ‘choices’ that are listed above, stopping those lifestyle habits should enable you to improve your condition without the need for impotence treatment, however a prolonged exposure to that lifestyle could mean that you have done longer lasting damage that would required a longer period of recovery to be able to get back to being close to your previous natural level of performance.

You can still speak to your doctor about this reasoning and they could help you to make the changes required to get yourself back on track to a healthier lifestyle.