Like the stock market and foreign car engines, erections are mysterious things that seem to have a mind of their own. When they don’t happen, it can be disappointing, at the very least.
Decreased blood flow, typically because vessels that supply blood to the penis have narrowed, is often the cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) in older men. Emotional issues are more commonly at the root of it for younger men.
Regardless of the reasons, it’s important to look for answers.
Probably not. Most cases of ED are caused by physical problems alone or in combination with emotional ones.
Just about any medical condition that affects your nerves or blood vessels could hurt your ability to have erections. High blood pressure, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes can all lead to ED. In fact, over 50% of men with diabetes find themselves in that situation.
Hormonal issues such as low testosterone levels can also factor in, more often for older men. Prostate cancer treatments including surgery and radiation may be the culprit.
If you have erections in the morning or while sleeping, the problem probably isn’t physical. Stress, anxiety, and depression can cause ED