What Are The Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) does not have a singular cause. ED can be caused by pre-existing medical conditions, medication, lifestyle choices and recreational drug or alcohol use. One thing is commonly known, and that is that instances of ED increase as men age.

Medical Conditions 


Nearly 75% of diabetic men will experience Erectile Dysfunction at some point. Long-term lack of blood sugar maintenance can damage blood vessels and nerves in a man’s body leading to ED. In fact, men with diabetes will experience ED 15 years before their peers. By age 50, 50% of men experience ED making the average age of ED occurrence in Diabetic men, 35.

Diabetes is also linked to other medical conditions which can also lead to ED including high blood pressure and heart disease.

High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is another leading cause of Erectile Dysfunction. According to the American Heart Association, 1 in every 3 adults struggles with hypertension. In short, hypertension is when the heart is working too hard to provide blood to the rest of the body, causing stress on the arteries. High blood pressure, in turn, increases risk of stroke, heart problems, kidney issues, and sexual dysfunction: including ED.

High Cholesterol

Atherosclerosis – or high cholesterol – can also lead to Erectile Dysfunction and is often indicative of heart disease. Simply, men with high cholesterol have increased risk of ED.

Heart Disease

Many men who have experienced a cardiac episode or heart attack had reported ED in the years prior. ED may be an early indicator of heart disease. Plaque buildup in arteries can ultimately limit blood flow to the penis and other extremities. The penis is often called the “canary in the coalmine” for the rest of the body.

Lifestyle Choices 


Overweight men are twice as likely to experience Erectile Dysfunction than their counterparts. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease and allows for a build-up of fats on the arterial walls which hinders blood flow to the rest of the body, including the penis. Obese men may also have a hormonal imbalance. Many obese men have low Testosterone levels, a hormone that is crucial to getting – and sustaining – an erection. Finally, obesity can impact a man’s psychological state. Overweight men are more likely to have lower sex drives, confidence, and interrupted sleep patterns resulting in decreased energy.


In addition to the cardiovascular concerns with smoking, chemicals found in cigarettes line the body’s blood vessels and impair their function – including circulation to the penis. If blood vessels are damaged inside the penis, the man cannot get an erection.

Many men experience ED for a variety of reasons, but ED is often an alert to broader health concerns. Any man experiencing ED should talk to their doctor.


Long-term ED has also been linked to alcoholism and excessive drinking. More than half of men who are dependent on alcohol also have sexual problems including ED, premature ejaculation, and low libido.

Erectile Dysfunction Aids

In general, Erectile Dysfunction is caused by improper blood flow control, usually developing over time, as men age. When erect, blood engorges the penile tissues, stiffening and elongating the shaft. Until the blood leaves the shaft, the erection will remain strong. This is why erection rings can be so helpful. Erection – or cock – rings stop blood from leaving the genital region, therefore enhancing erectile performance. As a result, once a man becomes erect, they will remain hard for much longer than if they do not wear an aid or ring.

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If you are seeing fewer than 4-5 erections in the night this may be a sign that you are suffering from one of the above conditions.

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