Understanding Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is when there is trouble keeping an erection firm enough for sex. The ability for a penis to remain erect relies on the balance of blood coming in and leaving it. When sexual arousal occurs, blood flow is increased to the penis and chambers inside trap the blood creating an erection. The blood is then released when orgasm is reached.
ED occurs when the ability is lost to create enough blood flow to the penis, or the blood cannot be trapped inside the chambers of the penis in order to achieve an erection. While temperatures can have some effect on these abilities, there are some serious underlying health issues that can be the cause.
5 Common Causes of ED
If your ED is happening more than the occasional fluke, it is time to talk to your doctor to rule out any underlying health concerns. If your ED is caused by an unknown health issue, resolving it can not only lead to a healthier life, it can also help remedy the ED. Some of the common causes of ED are:
- Heart Disease – Blood flow to create an erection needs good circulation. Blocked arteries and high blood pressure can result in ED.
- Diabetes – Uncontrolled blood glucose levels damage blood vessels and impact the ability to transport blood to the penis.
- Obesity – Increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
- Changes in Hormones – Hormonal disorders such as an overactive or underactive thyroid, low testosterone, and steroid use, can all cause ED.
- Medications – Medications used to treat other issues can have ED as a side effect.
Nothing to Lose
Recurrent ED can cause other issues beyond sexual performance. Those that suffer from ED can face depression, anxiety, and strained relationships. There are no bad reasons not to see the doctor about your ED. If you are still having issues even after everything else is checked, there are treatments out there that can help. Options are medications that help increase penile blood flow such as Cialis and Viagra, hormone therapy, and injections. There are also surgical and device options available as well.
Urology Clinics of North Texas has 18 locations conveniently located to serve all of your urology needs. If you are interested in getting help for your ED, or to address any other urological disorder, you can set an appointment HERE. You can also call one of our convenient locations to set an appointment directly.
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