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what causes erectile dysfunction physically ?

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Dr. James Lin
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Here are ...: Each life event is always a process of lifelong making from its many known/unknown factors, which interact together, and represents the ending result of interaction between genetic factors ; lifestyle; so is ed. Here are: aging, impaired circulation ; nerve connection, low male hormone, many diseases, drugs, surgery/injury, etc. Despite enlisting causes as physical or mental, both are inseparable.
Dr. Marc Milsten
Urology 32 years experience
Multi-factorial: Erectile dysfunction can occur as a result of physical changes to the blood flow and nerve input that control erections, or psychological issues that can impact performance, or a combination of both. In a 26 year old male, psychological factors are more common, whereas in older men physiological limitations usually prevail. One way to distinguish the etiology is nocturnal tumescence monitoring.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is erectile dysfunction physical or psychological?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Both: Erectile dysfunction can be caused by both physical and/or psychological conditions. It is important to undergo routine testing to evaluate for a physical condition that can be treated, if identified. A good history should also be taken to identify psychological stressors that can cause erection problems. Usually, the treatment of either of these factors will improve the condition.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Which physical causes are there of erectile dysfunction?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Many: There are several physical causes for erectile dysfunction. These include diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol levels. Of course, if one has had any type of surgery in the pelvis or spine, this too can disrupt the nerves required for erection and lead to erectile dysfunction. Pelvic surgery can be for colon cancer, rectal cancer, with or without radiation to the pelvis.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Which psychological causes are there of erectile dysfunction?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Stress: Any type of psychological stress will affect a man's ability to perform sexually. This will also affect his libido (sex drive) as well. The most common psychological stressors for erectile dysfunction include divorce, loss of job, financial stress, relationship discord, death in the family, and mental health issues such as bipolar disorder or depression.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does diagnosis of erectile dysfunction involve embarrassing and invasive testing?

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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
No: Most ED can be diagnosed with a professional asking appropriate questions, a detailed physical exam and routine blood work. Occasionally, i order an ultrasound of the penis which is a little uncomfortable.
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A 26-year-old male asked:

Whay is the causes of erectile dysfunction physically ?

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Dr. Richard Davi
Specializes in Urology
Multiple reasons: Erectile dysfunction is a complex entity with multiple causes. Generally the etiology stems from a lack of normal blood flow to the vessels within the penis secondary to factors such as age, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and cardiac issues such as coronary disease. The male hormone testosterone also plays a crucial role in the function of the erectile process.

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