ED – Questions About Cause
Is erectile dysfunction a normal part of aging?
As they age, men may notice that it takes longer to get an erection, that their erections may not be as hard as they used to be, or that it takes longer to climax. These normal changes related to aging should not be confused with ED. ED is not an inevitable part of aging. And if it does occur, it is highly treatable.
Can erectile dysfunction be cured?
In most cases, erectile dysfunction cannot be cured, but, in many cases; it can be treated effectively. In fact, there are now new options that can help men respond successfully to sexual stimulation.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Any disorder that interferes with the physical sequence of events needed to produce an erection may cause erectile dysfunction-particularly any condition that affects the flow of blood to the penis during sexual stimulation. Some of the health conditions commonly associated with ED include heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes
I’ve heard that some medicines can cause erectile dysfunction-is that true?
Some medicines you take for other health problems may cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect. These include some of the medicines used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, allergies, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and ulcers.
It is important to follow the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional and take your medicines as directed. Talk to your healthcare professional about medicines or over the counter products that you are taking-sometimes he or she can prescribe a different medicine.
Are there other risk factors?
Some “lifestyle habits” can affect your erections, too. These include smoking, drinking too much alcohol and being overweight. It is a good idea for your overall health to try and quit smoking, drink only in moderation and reach and maintain a healthy weight.
What can I do to prevent erectile dysfunction?
Because erectile dysfunction is associated with certain risk factors, like smoking, being overweight or drinking too much, you can help to reduce the likelihood of erectile dysfunction by taking very good care of your health and making life style changes. Because some medicines can also increase your risk for getting erectile dysfunction, always tell your doctor about any medicines or over the counter products you are taking.