Erectile dysfunction is usually a symptom of a wider health problem and as such, it is important to investigate the cause with an experienced doctor.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and hormone imbalance. It can also have psychological causes where therapy might be required.
Types of conditions
There are five main types of conditions that can cause problems resulting in erectile dysfunction:
- Conditions that affect the flow of blood to your penis
- Conditions that cause disruption of nerve signals
- Conditions that disrupt your hormone levels
- Problems with the physical structure of your penis
- Psychological problems such as stress, anxiety, relationship problems or depression
Erectile dysfunction is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease so it is vital to investigate this where more apparent causes are not evident.
Hormonal conditions can include an over or under active thyroid and Cushings syndrome, which affects the production of cortisol.
Drugs and alcohol
If you are taking certain medicines, these can cause erectile dysfunction so you should discuss any current medications with the doctor when you attend our clinic.
Excessive alcohol intake or drug use can also cause erectile dysfunction.
What to do next
Our doctors are experienced in dealing with erectile and sexual dysfunction and a number of treatment options are available to you including prescribed medication, psychosexual counselling, and specialist referrals where necessary.
Give us a call or use our online booking system to make an appointment with one of our team.
ED refers to the inability to have or maintain an erection, making intercourse difficult or impossible. It may happen at different times and in different situations only with a partner or only during masturbation, or both.
ED can be caused by a variety of health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. There are also more ordinary factors to consider, including stress, lack of rest, anxiety, and emotional issues. Drinking alcohol can also affect your ability to maintain an erection.
ED is usually treated with medication, therapy, penile injections, or surgery, depending on whats causing it. Some lifestyle changes can also be very effective treatment; the doctor can help figure out the best method of treatment.