ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Erectile Dysfunction- causes, effects and treatments.

Updated on April 21, 2010

Erectile dysfunction is the inability of a man maintain a firm erection long enough to have sex. Though, it is more common among the older men, this common problem can occur at any age. Having trouble maintaining erection from time to time is not necessarily a cause for alarm, as all men experience erectile dysfunction at time point in life. However, if the problem persists, it can cause stress, relationship problem and affect self – esteem.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction results due to diseased blood flow to the penis and due to nerve damage. Under lying conditions associated with erectile dysfunction include the following:

Vascular diseases: these causes 50- 60% of cases of erectile dysfunction in men > 65 years. The predisposing factors include diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, high dyolesterols, and smoking.

Drugs: more than 200 commonly prescribed drugs cause or contributed to impotence. For instance antihypertensive, antidepressants, tranquilizers, and sedatives. Long term use of alcohol and elicit drugs may cause erectile dysfunction.

Hormonal diseases: low level of testosterone can result to loss of libido. This may be seen in excess prolactin.

Neurological disorders: these include brain and spinal cord injuries multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Venous leak: inability of the veins to return blood during erection will cause erectile dysfunction. This may result from injury and disease.

Peonies diseases: this is inflammatory condition that causes scaring of the erectile tissues resulting in curvature of the penis which can interfere with sexual function and cause painful erection.

Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Treatment of erectile dysfunction depends on the cause and ranges vacuums from life changes, use of impotent drugs, erectile dysfunction vas and surgeries.

Herbal supplements are not affective therapy for atherosclerotic induced erectile dysfunction (mostly for men). However it may work for persons with psychological problems in which case it acts as a placebo.

In conclusion, I encourage patients to talk to their doctors about this issue, since most times men are reluctant to bringing it up. It is important to bring it up as there are good strategies now and even better ones evolving to restore normal erectile function in men.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)