What are the causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Have you been unable to perform in bed? Do you feel that it is difficult for you to get a rock hard one? If the answer is yes, then you might be suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction or sometimes referred to as impotence is when a man is unable to get an erection, hard enough for penetration.

Not having one in a particular occasion like when you feel bummed out is fine. The problem, however, arises, when the issue becomes an ongoing one. If you frequently feel the inability to get an erection then you might need to see a doctor. There is no reason to be embarrassed about. In fact, it can free you from unnecessary stress and bring back the lost spice in your relationship.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

There is no one cause of erectile dysfunction. There might be many reasons ranging from psychological to physical causes. Sexual arousal is a complex procedure that involves secretion of hormones, production of different chemicals in the brain, dilation of blood vessels and involvement of nerves and muscles. ED might result if there is a problem in either of the process. Sometimes two or three of the processes are disturbed which make it difficult for a male to get an erection. More importantly, medical scientists emphasize to not rule psychological stress as a viable cause.

Having said that, let us look into some of the causes of erectile dysfunction.


Physical reasons for ED are manifested mainly due to an already prevalent medical problem. Apart from that, things like drug abuse and high cholesterol may also be contributors. The common physical causes are mentioned as follows:

  • Obesity and being overweight
  • Diabetes (Nearly half of the population with diabetes will face the problem of dysfunction)
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol level
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Insomnia
  • Tobacco and substance abuse
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer (usually prostate cancer)


Since getting an erection entails the involvement of the brain, any type of psychological issue may disrupt the arousal process. There is a list of things that can deter your sexual excitement subsequently leading to ED. People who frequently suffer from chronic depression and anxiety will find themselves inflicted with the problem.

At the same time, it is also important to note rule out relationship problems. A lack of communication or a rough patch may pile up an excessive amount of stress making erection difficult.


If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, there is no need to be worried about. Fortunately, there are ways you can adopt which may prevent the problem from occurring in the future. Medical experts would advise you to make necessary lifestyle changes as the best way to counter the issue.

Here are some essential guidelines that you can keep in mind

  1. See a sex-therapist: Book an appointment with a therapist or a medical professional. You do not have to be embarrassed about your problem.
  2. Quit smoking/substance abuse: Tobacco and other dangerous drugs may be contributing towards ED
  3. Fight unnecessary stress: Look for ways to lessen your stress. If you have performance anxiety during intercourse, practice the breathing exercise.
  4. Manage diabetes: Then again your doctor is in the best position to guide you in that regard.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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