Erectile Dysfunction

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5 Common Types Of Erectile Dysfunction

  • Vascular
  • Neurological
  • Hormonal
  • Psychological
  • Medications

An erection is a two part mechanism, it entails blood flow and blood trapping. Blood must be able to move into the penis and must be able to stay there to maintain a penetrable erection. The major blood vessels that are the vehicles that supply blood into the penis are the Arteries. Any internal or external factor that damages the arteries would make a man more susceptible to have ed. One of the main reasons is that unlike the arteries in the heart or limbs the arteries within the penis are much smaller and get clogged first.


With a rise in obesity in today’s fast food era there is an even higher level of diabetes within men. Which makes diabetes the most common cause of neurological ed, the neurological system bust be working in tact in order to maintain erectile functionality. Diabetes affects both blood flow and affects nerves within the penis. Other causes that can attest to neurological ed include surgeries, spinal cord injury/nerve damage, strokes and other systemic neurological diseases.

Prostate Cancer is the leading cause of ED in men over the age of 50. Regardless of what procedure you undergo to treat prostate cancer, nerve damage will ultimately be one of the end results. Here at Men’s Health PLUS, we are thankful to have treated countless individuals who faced the after effects of their life saving cancer treatments.


Alongside anti-depressants, The most common culprit to cause medicated induced ED are Blood Pressure Medications. For example some high blood pressure medications that cause ED include:

Beta Blockers:

These affect the same part of the nervous system that is responsible for causing erections.


Most commonly knows as “water pills”, they can interfere with the intensity at which your blood flows to the penis making it difficult to get an erection. Diuretics are also knows to lower zinc levels which may interfere with the body’s production of testosterone.

ED Causes


At a hormone level, extremely low testosterone levels and thyroid hormones may cause difficulties with achieving proper erections. Hormone imbalances such as low testosterone, high prolactin, and abnormal thyroid hormone levels. Chronic kidney and liver disease, which affect blood vessels, nerves, and hormone levels.


Psychological factors are responsible for about 10%-20% of all cases of erectile dysfunction, or ED. It is often a secondary reaction to an underlying physical cause. In some cases, the psychological effects of ED may stem from childhood abuse or sexual trauma. However, the most common psychological causes of ED include:


Stress can be job-related, money-related, or the result of marital problems, among other factors.
Anxiety: Once a man experiences ED, he may become overly worried that the problem will happen again. This can lead to “performance anxiety,” or a fear of sexual failure, and consistently lead to ED.


A man may feel guilty that he is not satisfying his partner.
Depression: A common cause of ED,depression affects a person physically and psychologically. Depression can cause ED even when a man is completely comfortable in sexual situations. Drugs used to treat depression may also cause ED.