Top 5 Causes of ED

ED, or erectile dysfunction, is a problem that many men are hesitant to talk about for obvious reasons. It’s not easy to open up about intimacy, especially when there’s a problem. 

It might feel like you’re the only one suffering with ED, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s thought that ED affects roughly a third of all men, and it’s the most common male sexual dysfunction. The chances that you’ll experience ED are greater as you age, but it’s a problem that young men deal with as well. 

At Central Jersey Family Physicians, we are dedicated to treating every member of the family in every life stage. Dr. Michelle Tomlinson-Phelan and Dr. Catherine Schiano have valuable experience providing care for men, and one of their specialties is treating ED. 

What is ED exactly?

Erectile dysfunction is simply when you can’t sustain an erection long enough to have intercourse. Every man experiences it from time to time due to stress, exhaustion, and other situational causes.

If it becomes persistent, however, it can cause problems in your relationship and become a roadblock to intimacy. 

What causes ED to happen?

These are the top five causes of erectile dysfunction:

1. Chronic conditions

If you live with diabetes or multiple sclerosis, are obese, or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, or another health problem, any mixture of these could be contributing to your ED

Lifestyle changes can help, such as exercising and improving your diet if you’re overweight. Discuss any chronic condition with your doctor to ensure that you’re getting proper treatment for it and managing it effectively.

2. Smoking, drinking, and drugs 

Alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drug use are all linked to ED. Limiting your use of them or cutting them out entirely may be key to restoring vitality to your relationship.

3. Prescription medications

Everything from prescription heartburn meds to antidepressants have been known to cause erectile dysfunction. This is also true for certain chemotherapy drugs, medications for Parkinson’s disease, and prescription pain medications. 

Your doctor helps you address ED by offering alternative medications if they’re available, but you should never stop taking a medication to try to solve your ED problem before you consult with Dr. Tomlinson-Phelan or Dr. Schiano.

4. Low testosterone levels

Also known as “Low T,” this condition occurs when your testosterone levels are a good deal lower than normal, and ED is one of its unwelcome side effects. This problem is easily correctable with medications that can bring your levels back up. 

5. Emotional issues 

How you feel and the ways you cope with stress all have an impact on your sexual health. Depression, anxiety, work-related stress, and tension between you and your partner can spell problems in the bedroom.

Fortunately, your doctor can offer advice about lifestyle changes you can make and suggest ways you can relieve stress, like meditation. Good self-care and physician-supervised treatment go hand in hand with eradicating ED.

Good news: ED is highly treatable

You and your partner aren’t doomed to struggle with ED forever. We specialize in men’s health, and as such, offer care that specifically addresses men’s health concerns, from prostate cancer prevention to erectile dysfunction. 

We also place great emphasis on providing you with care that’s customized to you, so don’t feel inhibited about talking to us about your ED. Chances are that we have solutions that you may be unaware of, from simple lifestyle shifts to medications. 

Get treated for your ED today 

Schedule a consultation today to learn what options are available to treat your ED. Call our office at 732-257-1171 to make an appointment or send a message to us via our website.

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