Obtaining an erection is not as simple as it looks as the processes involved in getting one is actually more complex than it seems. Due to this complexity, any problems or issues that occur within the process, whether psychological or physical, can lead to erectile dysfunction. The physical causes that contribute to erectile dysfunction are mostly involved in the breakdown or damage in the series of events that transpires into an erection. This sequence involves the brain, nerves, spine, penis, blood vessels, and everything in between.
When an erection occurs, the corpus cavernosum is filled with blood. If damage occurs in the arteries, muscles, and tissues that surrounds the penis, then the damage is usually the cause of a disease. The list below shows the diseases that are most likely to cause erectile dysfunction:
Diabetes – this disease is a condition where glucose levels of the body is in excess. Diabetes is one of the most disease-causing erectile dysfunction as it damages not just nerves, but also the muscles involved in attaining an erection. The National Institute of Health claims that up to 75% of men who has this disease will experience erectile dysfunction.
Kidney Disease – this disease can create chemical changes in the body which may affect not just hormones, but also nerve function and blood circulation. These changes can lower a man’s libido as well as his sexual ability. In fact, the medications being given to treat kidney diseases also cause erectile dysfunction. According to experts, it is estimated that more than 50% of those with kidney failure will suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Prostate Cancer – the condition in itself does not cause erectile dysfunction, but the treatments involved do, like radiation treatment, surgical procedure, and hormonal manipulation.
Vascular Disease – this disease affects the blood vessels and may involve atherosclerosis, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis. The restriction or limiting of blood flow can seriously cause erectile dysfunction. In fact, this disease alone accounts to nearly 70% of all physically-related erectile dysfunctions.
Neurological Disease – diseases like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis can all contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Diseases are not the only ones that can contribute to physically-related erectile dysfunction. Some of the conditions that can lead to male penile impotence are the following:
Surgery – when surgically removing diseases such as prostate cancer or bladder cancer, the procedure often requires the severing of certain nerves and tissues that surrounds the affected area. While some surgeries only leads to temporary impairment of erectile condition lasting only up to several months, if unlucky, the condition can also be permanent due to the severity of damage in the nerves and tissues surrounding the penis.
Injury – any type of injury surrounding the pelvic area, bladder, penis, and spinal cord can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Prescription Drugs – certain prescription drugs can lead to the cause of erectile dysfunction. In fact, it is said that there are over 200 different prescription medications that can cause penile impotence issues. This will include drugs that are intended treat prostate enlargements.