What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction ( or ED ) affects about 30,000,000 in the United States. That means approximately 50,000 men in the Aventura, HialeahPembroke Pines and Sunny Isles. area have erectile dysfunction. As a man gets older, the chances of having ED increase as well. Approximately 5% of 40 year olds experience it, while between 15 – 25% of 65 year old men have erectile dysfunction.

There are both physical as well as psychological causes for ED:

The physical causes of ED include:

  • Lack of blood flow in the arteries from the heart to the penis
  • Side effects from blood pressure or depression medications
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Excessive smoking
  • Use of recreational drugs

Also, prostate cancer ( while not itself a cause of erectile dysfunction) some of the treatments for the disease can cause ED.

The psychological factors that cause erectile dysfunction include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Concerns about your current relationship
  • Depression or fatigue
  • Performance anxiety or guilt
    ( EX. sex w/ new partner after monogamy etc. )

At Aventura Urologists, our caring and compassionate staff is able to diagnose the causes of erectile dysfunction and provide treatment for men these symptoms. If you live in Hialeah, Pembroke Pines, Aventura or Sunny Isles or anywhere in South Florida, feel free to contact Urologist Dr. Stephen Tannenbaum at (305) 349-3378 for a confidential appointment.