What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

It is a Male Sexual Dysfunction of the Penis. It doesn’t mean it’s “broken”, it simply means it is not functioning properly. It is the inability to maintain an erection long enough and firm enough for sexual intercourse. Even though ED is extremely common in men’s health, many men are uncomfortable or embarrassed to discuss or report it to their partners and even doctors. Erection problems can be caused by many things including high blood pressure, prostate cancer, medications, performance anxiety , testosterone levels, and other medical conditions. However often times it is due to lack of bloodflow in the penis.

Men of all ages and across the globe are in search of the edge to achieve stronger erections, longer endurance, and an overall enhanced sexual experience. Even those in their 20s and 30s without a medical condition have opted to use things like medication, penile implants, pumps and injections to “supercharge” their penis function and maximize their sexual encounters.

Signs & Symptoms of ED: 

While most men will have occasional difficulty achieving a healthy erection during sexual intercourse, ED is only considered a possible medical explanation for these symptoms if erection difficulties have been affecting a man for an extended period of time. When blood flow to the two chambers of the penis, known as the corpora cavernosa, are blocked or restricted for any reason, can result in ED.

Common Reasons for ED:

Poor Circulation

The most common cause of ED is a lack of flowing blood to erectile tissue. Circulation to the penis can be restricted by plague and damaged vessels. Typically, symptoms begin with difficulty maintaining an erection before advancing to the inability to obtain one.

Hormonal imbalances

As we age, hormones naturally decrease including testosterone production. In most cases, testosterone replacement therapy can bring levels of the hormones back to normal. Body Lounge offers Hormone Blood Testing before treatment begins. Alcohol, Liver Disease, Obesity, Lack of Sleep, and Kidney failure can also contribute to hormonal imbalances.

Alcohol consumption/ Smoking/ Drug abuse

More than two drinks a day is considered a risk factor for ED. Alcohol can lower testosterone levels, decrease blood flow to the penis, and cause nerve and hormonal imbalances. Low testosterone from alcohol or drug abuse can also affect your libido and performance potentially leading to further psychological ED complications.

Smoking can harden arteries & create oxidative stress therefore reducing flow blood to the penis.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea affects oxygen levels in the blood, which can cause problems getting an erection.

Psychological difficulties

Stress, anxiety, depression, and even ED medications can contribute to ED. Medications to treat them may also contribute.

Peyronie’s Disease

This condition is the bending or curvature of the penis, or narrowing of the penile shaft.

Metabolic syndrome (MetS)

MetS causes inflammation and hormonal imbalances that can lead to ED.

The five hallmarks of MetS are: hypertension, central obesity, elevated fasting glucose levels, elevated triglycerides, and reduced high density lipoprotein levels of cholesterol.

Other Causes: Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, & High cholesterol

A healthy diet and lifestyle, including regular exercise, can help control hormonal imbalances and blockages.

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