What can cause Erectile Dysfunction?

In order to achieve an erection, these facts must occur:

  1. The nerves to the penis must be functioning properly and flow.
  2. The blood circulation into the penis must be adequate.
  3. The veins must be able to “trap and keep” the blood inside the penis.
  4. There must be a stimulus from the brain to the penis.

If there is something interfering with any or all of these conditions, a full Erectile Dysfunction will happen.

Common causes of ED include diseases that affect blood flow, such asatherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or venous leakage (weak veins); nerve diseases; psychological factors, such as stress, depression, and performance anxiety; and injury to the penis. Chronic illness, certain medications, and a condition called Peyronie’s disease (scar tissue in the penis) can also cause Erectile Dysfunction.

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