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8 Unusual Causes of Erectile Dysfunction We Bet You Didn’t Know
Almost 30 million men in the U.S. suffer from erectile dysfunction, or ED, for short. Though there’s no denying the fact that older men are at a high risk of developing ED, even those in their 20s and 30s are not immune. The fight against ED starts with identifying the triggers and risk factors, which form the basis for deciding a suitable erectile dysfunction treatment. While most people know about common causes of ED, such as tobacco and drug abuse, obesity, and diabetes, there are some lesser-known causes that may lead to the problem. The blog discusses eight such causes, in detail.
1. Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s disease affects one in 100 men and is a condition that results in painful erections, thereby impacting sex life. The common culprits behind the health problem are buildup of scar tissues, genetic deformities, and injury to penile tissues. In mild cases, the condition subsides with time. Those experiencing recurrent painful erections for prolonged durations, however, must consult an experienced ED expert from a reputable institution, such as American Male Medical, to learn about the most suitable erectile dysfunction treatment.
2. Anabolic Steroids
Anabolic steroids help with muscle development, which lures many men looking for easier ways to develop muscles, to include them in their bodybuilding plan. The bad news, however, is that over dependence on anabolic steroids interferes with the body’s capacity to produce testosterone, which may lead to erectile dysfunction. Once a user stops consuming these steroids, issues such as ED, testicle shrinkage, and low libido may begin to disappear. If, however, the condition doesn’t get any better, waste no time in consulting an expert.
3. Bowel Surgery
Undergoing a bowel surgery to remove a cancerous growth can damage the nerve cells that carry the message to the brain to create an erection. It is, therefore, common for the patients to feel a loss of sensitivity in their sexual organs, which can lead to erectile dysfunction. Individuals experiencing sexual issues after a bowel surgery must bring the problem to their doctor’s notice as soon as possible, as any delay in seeking the right treatment may worsen the problem.
4. Anti-baldness Drugs
Baldness has long been a cause of embarrassment for men around the world. Many men suffering from the condition resort to anti-baldness drugs, as a desperate measure to reverse the situation. Many such medications may not only result in erectile dysfunction, but can also impact the body’s capability to produce testosterone. ED patients, therefore, must tell their doctors about any anti-baldness drug they might be on, failing to which the expert may not be able to suggest the right erectile dysfunction treatment.
5. Women’s Tears
Yes, you read that right, women’s tears can impact a man’s sexual interest. A study conducted on two groups of men establishes this unusual relationship. Under this experiment, the first group was made to sniff women’s tears while the other group was directed to sniff a salt solution. Interestingly, men from the first group weren’t able to reach full arousal when they were shown arousing imagery. The probable explanation for this phenomena is that smelling women’s tears releases a chemical that has a numbing effect on men’s moods.
6. High Blood Pressure
A healthy supply of blood to the penis is a prerequisite for a healthy erection. High blood pressure can damage the arteries, resulting in swelling and a reduction in their blood carrying capacity. It is also not rare for those with high blood pressure to report a loss of sexual interest and face difficulties in ejaculation. Those who are on medication (usually diuretics and beta blockers) to treat high blood pressure are also at a high risk of developing ED.
7. Trying too Hard in Bed
Sexual performance is a sensitive subject for most men. As a result, in many cases, men try too hard to impress their partner. Some men also push themselves to the limit, while trying to get an erection, resulting in the buildup of stress – which is an instant erection killer. All they need to do is to be patient and enjoy the moment, and let the nature take its course. If there is an actual reason to worry, such as erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, they must consult an expert, rather than resorting to DIY solutions and over-the-counter drugs.
8. Excessive Masturbation
They say excess of anything is bad, and masturbation is no exception. Although masturbation is known to relieve stress and may also improve your sexual life, overdoing it – especially in unnatural ways, can lead to erectile dysfunction. In addition, various studies suggest a close nexus between sexual dysfunction and porn addiction. That is the reason why those who are addicted to porn (and the distorted version of intercourse portrayed), may experience difficulties in achieving an erection during a real sexual encounter.
No matter the age, men need to avoid the causes we have discussed, to ensure a sexually healthy and active life. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help address the problem. Last but not the least, patients must seek an expert’s advice if the condition worsens or doesn’t get any better with time. American Male Medical has successfully treated more than 72,000 patients of erectile dysfunction, by providing personalized solutions that address the disorder, for good. To book an appointment, call us at (888) 434-5338 or fill out this form.