What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) or male impotence as it is usually referred to is a health condition when a man is unable to produce or maintain an erection suitable for successful sexual intercourse. It is not commonly discussed as compared to other health issues, but it is quite common, affecting about 10% of men regardless of age and race.

Common causes of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a large variety of factors, which may be divided into three main groups:psychological, physical, and pharmaceutical.

1. Psychological factors are the primary cause for ED, and include such conditions as stress, depression, anxiety relationship issues, insomnia, etc. 2. Physical factors causing impotence are connected to the four major health issues:

  • Blood flow influencing conditions such as various heart diseases, blood pressure issues, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, etc. (this factor can be significantly reduced by medications like Cialis)

  • Nervous system issues, such as spinal diseases, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, tumors, etc.

  • Hormonal balance disorders, including hypogonadism, thyroid issues, and Cushing's syndrome

  • Structural deformations in the penile area, such as Peyronie's disease, and hypospadias

3. Some medications can cause erectile dysfunction as a side-effect. Usually the effect wears off after you stop taking the drug, so don't rush taking Cialis or other ED medications if that's the cause. Here are some of the most common medications know to cause male impotence:

  • Diuretics - these medications are used to induce urination, and are usually prescribed for treating hear failure, high blood pressure, and kidney disease

  • Beta-blockers - these drugs act as anti-hypertension drugs, lowering the blood pressure.

  • Fibrates - medications for reducing cholesterol levels

  • Antipsychotics - these medications are used to treat severe psychiatric disorders

  • Antidepressants - drugs used for treating depression symptoms

  • Steroids - an entire class of medications used to treat a variety of health issues such steroid hormone deficiency, Aids and other conditions causing the decrease in muscle mass

  • Immunosuppressants - drugs used to reduce the activity of the immune system

  • H2-antagonists - medications prescribed for a variety of stomach acid related diseases.

  • Anticonvulsants - drugs used in cases of epilepsy and bipolar disorders

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