We here at Z Urology treat many patients with erectile dysfunction. Many people want to know what causes ED. This post should clear up any questions, issues, or misconceptions.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when one can’t get and maintain a satisfying erection for sex. ED affects more than 30 million men in the United States. It is a topic that several men still find hard to talk about.
If one is experiencing erectile issues, it is important to speak with a physician here at Z Urology. There could be a health condition contributing to your erectile dysfunction.
Top 5 Common Causes of ED
- Vascular disease
- Endocrine disorders
- Pelvic surgery
- Neurological disorders
1 – Vascular Disease
Many men are uncomfortable speaking about erectile dysfunction symptoms; however, it is important to treat your symptoms as ED can be a warning sign of current or future heart disease.
ED often happens before coronary artery disease in almost 70% of cases. The arteries in the penis are small compared to those in other parts of the body. If there is underlying coronary artery disease, these smaller arteries in the penis are affected by atherosclerosis (blocked blood vessels) sooner.
You can reduce your risk of ED by improving your heart health. This includes:
- Getting more exercise
- Quitting tobacco products
- Losing weight
- Eating a healthy diet
2 – Endocrine Disorders
Diabetes is the second most common cause of erectile dysfunction. Half of those with diabetes will experience ED within ten years of their diagnosis.
High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves that control sexual stimulation. They can also damage blood vessels that provide blood flow to the penis to achieve and maintain an erection.
While medications are a common first therapy, they tend to only work in about 50 percent of men with diabetes. Good blood sugar control can help slow the progression of ED and sexual dysfunction in men. Men with diabetes are more likely to move on to other treatment options.
3 – Medications
Some men notice issues maintaining an erection after starting a new medication. Common medications that can contribute to erectile issues are antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and testosterone blockers. Your doctor may switch you to another medication to see if that resolves the issue.
4 – Pelvic Surgery
Pelvic surgeries are a common cause of sexual dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is a potential complication following prostate cancer surgery.
The nerves that control an erection lie very close to the prostate. These nerves may be injured during treatment. If the surgeon uses nerve-sparing procedures, some men may regain their previous level of erectile function. This typically takes a year or two. Unfortunately, some men may not recover their ability to have a natural erection.
5 – Neurological Disorders
In order to achieve and maintain an erection, your nerves must be working properly. Neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s, can cause erectile dysfunction. Nerve damage from spinal cord injuries and stroke can also cause ED.
It is important to keep in mind that even if you are dealing with ED, there are treatment options available via Z Urology available to help you return to a satisfying sex life.
If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida that can help you with all of your erectile dysfunction concerns, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.
You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology. Z Urology is your leader in urological care. Go ahead and call now!