What Causes Erectile Dysfunction: The Physical and Psychological Factors

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man is unable to obtain or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition and affects more than three million Americans each year. Despite the physical nature of erectile dysfunction, the causes and factors that influence the onset of this condition are not strictly physical.

Psychological Factors of Erectile Dysfunction

There are many psychological factors that may contribute to erectile dysfunction. Stress, depression, anxiety, and outside distractions may play a role in one's development of erectile dysfunction. When we find ourselves stressed about work, relationships, or life in general, it is not uncommon to experience erectile dysfunction every once in a while. Research shows that even the fear or anxiety of developing ED can lead to the onset of the condition itself. Other psychological factors may include sexual performance anxiety, low self-esteem, and the feeling of guilt if one does not believe that they are satisfying their partner to the best of their ability. Previous experiences of erectile dysfunction may also cause anxiety in performance and lead to other issues such as a lack of confidence, or anxiety about obtaining an erection for their partner. 

Normally, cases of erectile dysfunction that are caused by psychological factors are not treated with medicine, with the exception of those experiencing depression who are prescribed antidepressant medication. Stress, anxiety and other psychological distractions are normal in our day to day life, and overcoming these factors that may contribute to ED may simply take time and patience. 

Physical Factors of Erectile Dysfunction

The physical factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction are usually the ones that lead to more severe and long-term cases of ED because of associated health conditions, lifestyle choices, and the natural aging process. The common physical causes include:  

  • Drug and alcohol use  
  • Tobacco use  
  • Cardiovascular disease  
  • Obesity 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Kidney disease  
  • Diabetes  
  • High cholesterol 
  • Certain prescription medications 
  • Sleeping disorders 
  • Natural Aging

While the physical factors of erectile dysfunction range from natural aging to a variety of different medical conditions, there are various treatment options for those experiencing ED. Atlanta Medical Institute specializes in treating patients with erectile dysfunction and helping improve sexual performance. To learn more about how Atlanta Medical Institute can help improve your sexual health and wellness, contact us and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Jeff to find the best treatment for you.

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