Factors that lead to erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual disorders. It can have a physical origin or a psychological cause. Fortunately, most of the cases can be successfully solved if the treatment starts in early stages. The symptoms of erectile dysfunction include: inability to become erect, having an erection too weak to have sexual intercourse and having erection that only last a few moments. Men who fail to achieve or maintain an erection (in 75% of the situations in which they tried to have sex) suffer from erectile dysfunction. Beside usual causes of erectile dysfunction (diabetes, heart diseases, neurological diseases and performance anxiety), there are many factors that aggravate or even cause erectile dysfunction.

Some medications are associated with a low libido and erectile dysfunction; these include: antidepressants, drugs that regulate blood pressure, antihistamines, chemotherapy, drugs against HIV.

If medication is causing your sexual problems talk to your doctor to lower the dose or change the prescription. Do not ever stop treatment without consulting your doctor in advance because the effects can be dangerous.

Another factor that can negatively affect the sex life is low self-esteem. It’s hard to feel sexy if you do not appreciate your body, shame, the feeling that you are too fat or too weak can reduce sexual desire and cause erectile dysfunction. Studies show that overweight people have a low sexual desire and also a poor sexual performance. The causes are low self esteem, unsatisfactory relationships, social stigma and psychological problems. In order to improve their sex life medical specialists recommend: losing weight up to 5 kg to stimulate sex hormones, the consumption of more fresh and natural foods and in some cases therapy.

Many antidepressant drugs have adverse effect on sexual life by affecting the libido and causing erectile dysfunction. If sexual desire decreases, it could be a sign that you suffer from depression. Depression is a disease that can become serious so it is best to consult a doctor.

Sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea cause irritability and fatigue which are the enemy of a normal and healthy sex life. Alcoholic beverages are known for their uninhibited effect, but sometimes alcohol can even inhibit sexual desire and if it is consummated in excess it can cause permanent nerve damage leading to erectile dysfunction and also hormonal imbalance. Also smoking and using illegal drugs leads to vascular problems, which are the leading cause of erectile dysfunction.