Though talking about erectile dysfunction can be difficult, it is important to let your doctor know what's happening because ED can be a symptom of serious health problems. In this video, Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher talks about the various causes of erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction can happen for a variety of reasons both physical and nonphysical. Non-physical causes of erectile dysfunction start in the brain, and can include stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression and negative feelings towards your partner. However most of the time erectile dysfunction is caused by physical problems within the body such as nerve damage, kidney disease, high blood pressure, a hormone imbalance or problems with your blood circulation. These health problems can be serious if not treated, and you may have some of these problems without even knowing it. It is important to talk to your doctor about erectile dysfunction and to get a checkup, not only for a healthy sex life but also for a healthy life in general.
Other physical causes of erectile dysfunction include side effects from medications such as blood pressure drugs, antihistamines, antidepressants and diet drugs. Surgery for prostate cancer or testicular cancer can damage the nerves involved in an erection, along with injuries to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder and pelvis.
The key to treating erectile dysfunction is understanding the causes of erectile dysfunction. Treating the source of ED will help you get back to your normal self. Don't be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about erectile dysfunction, since it is a more common condition than you may think. Getting help for ED can improve your sex life. Improving your overall health will not only help with ED but also other parts of your life. For more information, watch our segments on how to prevent erectile dysfunction and treating erectile dysfunction.