Erectile Dysfunction Causes & Risk Factors
Erectile Dysfunction can stem from inhibition, stress, medication use or a medical condition. Causes of ED include:
- Psychological problems
- Aging and a natural drop in hormonal activity
- Certain prescription medications
- Minor illness
- Illegal drug use
- Serious or chronic conditions
Many prescription or over-the-counter medications may have side effects that cause erectile difficulties. Drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and alcohol may also lead to sexual problems as can smoking or sedentary lifestyle. Modifying lifestyle risk factors may contribute to overall health, and in some individuals, may correct mild erectile dysfunction.
Low T or abnormally low levels of circulating testosterone may cause ED although low testosterone is found in a minority of men who develop ED. Depression, relationship conflicts, stress and anxiety can also play a role. Most patients do not require extensive testing before beginning treatment. These tests are usually just not necessary. Your urologist will do a simple medical history, physical examination and a few routine blood tests.