Erection Dysfunction Causes

As a condition that was traditionally problematic to treat, erectile dysfunction has more than its fair share of myths attached. Common myths include the notion that wearing tight underwear can cause the problem, and that impotence is a natural result of aging.

Although older men are more likely to suffer with the condition, the inability to achieve or maintain an erection is treated seriously by medical professionals what ever the age of the patient. Most men find that they are unable to develop or maintain an erection less than 20% of the time, and this is considered entirely normal. Tiredness, worry, distraction – these can all be factors in failure to achieve an erection, without necessarily having caused impotence.

Although erectile dysfunction is serious, and often distressing, it is a relatively common dysfunction, affecting approximately two out of fifteen American men. Erectile dysfunction is closely linked with dietary and lifestyle factors, and changes in these areas often reap great rewards. Overweight men, or those with diets high in fat and low in vitamins, are found to have a great chance of suffering erectile dysfunction than their counterparts with more average weights and healthier diets. Heavy alcohol or recreational drug use can also result in erectile dysfunction, and lack of exercise can also be a contributory factor.

If meeting with a GP to discuss the problem, it is worth ascertaining that the condition does not stem from an underlying medical problem or any side-effects of prescription medications that you may be taking. If this is found not to be the case, stress or anxiety are the most likely causes, and some men wish to seek counseling or support for these problems – in conjunction with using Viagra.