What is erectile dysfunction?
It is the inability of a man to sustain an erection consistently and repeatedly.
Most people believe that erectile dysfunction is a psychological problem.
Even though this is one of the problems which causes ED, there are other conditions which lead to erectile Dysfunction.
Vascular diseases impair blood flow to the penis making it difficult to get an erection.
Some of these conditions include atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and increased cholesterol levels.
For erections to occur, the nerves and the brain should function properly.
Therefore, any disorder that may negatively affect the functions of the brain or nerves can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Some of the neurological disorders include Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.
Some of the lifestyle choices like drinking, smoking and drug abuse can increase the risk of erectile dysfunction.
This is due to the fact that they interfere with the blood supply of the penis hence affecting erections.
As we said earlier, the brain is actively involved in the erection process.
This is the major reasons why psychiatric conditions are responsible for about 10-15% of ED cases.
These psychiatric conditions include; anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, and depression.