erectile dysfunction causes and treatments

Erectile dysfunction: common causes and treatments

Erectile dysfunction (ED) rates have gone up during the last decades, among younger men, too.

According to a study, one of every four new ED patients is under 40 years old. About 40% of men in their 40s suffer from it, about 50% in their 50s, and so on. So, the older a man gets, the more common this problem is.

On the other hand, it is not a normal part of aging. Older men may need more stimulation, buy normally they are quite able to get an erection and enjoy sex.

Erectile dysfunction causes

Erection involves your whole body, so a number of factors can increase your risk of ED. Here are the most common causes of impotence:

  • heart disease;
  • enlarged prostate gland;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • Parkinson’s disease;
  • diabetes;
  • obesity;
  • psychological problems;
  • smoking;
  • alcohol dependence.

Erectile dysfunction treatments

A healthy lifestyle is a key to your sexual health, too. So consider maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, decreasing smoking and drinking alcohol.

Other common treatments are:

  • medications increasing blood flow, like Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra;
  • psychotherapy, that helps in some cases;
  • penile vacuum pumps;
  • penile implants;
  • blood vessel surgery;
  • non-drug options like “herbal Viagra,” that we do not recommend to take at all;
  • alternative therapies like acupuncture, that are not proved by studies, too.

We warn you that drugs for ED treatment have certain side effects, and it is not totally safe to buy them online without a doctor’s prescription.

Also keep in mind that having an occasional problem is normal. But if you experience real erectile dysfunction problems, go visit your doctor. Only a professional can chose the right treatment option depending on your case.


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