The Six Major Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Failure to have an erection can occur at any age and is really nothing to worry about; however if it occurs more than 50% of the time you are trying to “get it on” in the bedroom, you may need to take a long, hard and objective look to see if you have any of the major risk factors, as this might not only be an embarrassing and humiliating turn at the “moment of truth” (i.e. at the moment of insertion), it can also be an early warning signs of more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes or a host of other ailments.


Men need to have healthy nerves, blood vessels, male hormones and a healthy libido in order to get that strong erection required for vibrant sexual activity.

Diabetes can cause serious damage to the very blood vessels and nerves that control erection; So even if you have the desire and normal hormone levels to have sex, a firm erection may still not happen.

Drug Interaction & Illegal Drug Use.


Some prescriptions and over the counter medications, as well as the recreational abuse of drugs like Viagra (Sildenafil), can cause serious erection difficulties as a side effect.

Some of the most common culprits include medications to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, even something as common medication for seasonal allergies. Illegal hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and marijuana are all well know for causing Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

Alcohol is also another contributing factor to Erectile Dysfunction leading Shakespeare to note in Macbeth. “Drinking provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.

High Blood Pressure.

High blood pressure prevents the penis arteries from dilating (opening up fully) not allowing blood to freely flow into the penis needed to have an erection.

Smoking is another big factor in causing ED as it damages blood vessels and increases blood pressure.

Stress and Anxiety.


Depending on who you ask you will get different answers some say Erectile Dysfunction “its all in your head” however according to the American Urological Association up to 75% of ED have a physical cause not psychological in nature.


It’s a well known fact that those that are overweight have very poor sex lives due to (among other things) physical stamina and body image. Martin Binks a psychologist from Duke University stated that overweight people need to lose ten percent of their total weight and that will greatly improve a couple’s sex life and weight of a person will directly impact the quality of their sex life.

Heart or blood vessel disease (atherosclerosis).

This condition causes Erectile Dysfunction, where plaque builds up and hardens the artery walls of the penis preventing an adequate amount of blood to reach the penis

This is by no means a list of all the myriad of factors that contribute to Erectile Dysfunction; but it is a starting point to take action to reduce your risk.

Some men link their very self worth and masculinity with the ability to perform sexually and find it to be embarrassing and weak, to be lacking in this area, Fortunately with various new medical breakthroughs in the area of men’s health, they no longer have to suffer with Erectile Dysfunction in silence.

Media attention has created greater awareness and that in turn is getting more men to talk to their partners and their doctors about ED and that as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.

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