4 Surprising Causes of ED

By Men, Sexual Health Published on July 30, 2014 Updated on February 21, 2019
4 Surprising Causes of ED

As you may know the chance of suffering ED is higher with age. However, ED is increasingly affecting younger men these days. The reason behind it may be the following surprising factors that can affect your wood:

1. Medication


Taking drugs for hair loss or an enlarged prostate may produce side effects such as erectile dysfunction, according to a January study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. “These drugs work by reducing the amount of dihydrotestosterone circulating in the blood,” said Dr. Andrew Kramer, a surgeon and ED expert at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dihydrotestosterone is the male sex hormone that helps maintain sex drive.

2. High Blood Pressure

Healthy blood vessels and sufficient blood flow are essential to getting and keeping an erection. Uncontrolled hypertension damages blood vessels in the body, making them less elastic and less able to transport blood the same volume of blood quickly. But some medications used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta blockers and diuretics, can also increase your risk of erectile dysfunction.

3. Psychological Factors

It’s well-known that psychological factors can play a major role in sexual performance. Even just the fact that your wife or girlfriend starts befriending your buddies may put you at increased risk for erectile dysfunction, according to new research in the American Journal of Sociology. Researchers said this might be due to social perceptions of masculinity in younger and middle-aged men.

However depression is still the biggest psychological factor affecting men’s sexual health. As many as 61 percent of people with severe depression may experience sexual problems, according to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. It gets even worse, some antidepressants, namely selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs ) can cause sexual problems too nearly half of all men and women on SSRIs may experience sexual dysfunction, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In men, this can mean having erectile dysfunction, loss of libido and delayed ejaculation.

4. Diabetes


Men who have diabetes are two to three times more likely to also have erectile dysfunction than men without diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health. Poorly regulated blood sugar can damage the nerves and small blood vessels that control erections and allow blood flow to the penis, Kramer said.

Understanding what causes ED is the first step to overcome it. If any of these are affecting you, you are strongly encouraged to talk to your physician about it.

Fran Sanchez, BSc MSc

About Fran Sanchez, BSc MSc

Fran Sanchez, the founder of Herbolab, graduated from Uppsala University (Sweden) with a master in molecular biology and Karolinska University (Sweden) with a degree in medical sciences and business. He then moved to Singapore to run e-commerce operations in a pharmaceutical company, until eventually, he could fulfill his dream of creating a brand dedicated to help men reach their peak performance. Drawing on his experience as a lifelong multi-sport athlete and cutting edge medical and scientific research, Fran launched herbolab tongkat ali as flagship supplement in April of 2014. Fran now spend most of his time weight lifting and creating content dedicated to improve people’s lives.

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