What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Do I have Erectile Dysfunction?

Men don’t like dealing with stress, and nothing causes them more than erectile dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction is a physical or mental condition that makes it difficult to get and/or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse.

Having an erection problem every now and then isn’t any cause for concern as this happens occasionally. Please seek medical help if it becomes and ongoing issue. Causes may be due to a health condition such as high blood pressure, substance abuse, stress, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol or weak blood vessels leading to the penis. It  may also be a psychological issue.

There are many prescription and non prescription drugs on the market today, but may unwanted side effects. Also, if it is a medical condition they may not work either.

Causes of ED

Some causes of erectile dysfunction can be:


Working in a high stress environment can lead to depression and anxiety. Men are more likely to cope by smoking, drinking and taking anti – depressants which have all been linked to ED.

Watching too much XXX movies

Wait! What ? You would think this would help, but it doesn’t. Excessively watching porn can lead to psychological issues. Research shows that the human brain organically changes when you watch too much of it.

Watching too many sports will do it too – Just kidding  – Sorry ladies, I tried.

Dental Hygiene 

15% of men with E suffer from periodontitis –  which is a severe form of gum disease. The Journal of Medicine suggests that oral inflammation can lead to a decrease in eNOS (nitric oxide synthese) an enzyme that produces the nitric acid that works to regulate blood flow. Without proper flow, a man will have a problem with getting aroused.

Cardiovascular Disease 

High blood pressure and high cholesterol are symptoms of heart disease – restricts blood flow and harden your arteries allowing plaque to build up. This can cause a stroke, which can damage the nerves running through your body including the ones to your penis.

Bike Riding

Bicycling, spinning, and even horseback riding to much can cause damage to the blood vessels. The pelvic floor is a vulnerable neurological system which can cause the nerves to desensitize. If blood vessels are damaged – like from a narrow seat, it can cause problems.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes people to stop breathing for 10 – 30 second increments. The less oxygen in the blood the worse your body’s overall function will be – including sexual functions.

9 Effective Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

  1. Brush and floss your teeth daily
  2. Make sure you are taking ALL the right medications – get a check up
  3. Exercise – even taking a 20 minute walk a day will help
  4. Eat properly – eat lower calorie meals and less salt
  5. Take Red Korean Ginseng – this Asian herb helps blood flow to the penis
  6. Pelvic Floor Exercises – “Strong pelvic-floor muscles provide a good base for an erect penis and prevent blood from escaping an erection,”
  7. The Perfect Pill – ask your doctor about Viagra, Cialis etc…
  8. Testosterone Testing – Men in their 40s who experience ED along with low libido may suffer from testosterone deficiency.
  9. Penis Implants – A 90-minute outpatient procedure can upgrade a man’s sexual machinery if other treatments fail. Expandable chambers implanted in the penis enlarge with a few squeezes of a small saline pump placed in the scrotum. Components are invisible and can be used at any time. “Devices are more reliable in recent years,” says Dr. Kohler. “Most men are happy with implants, and insurance often covers the procedure to put them in.”A 90-minute outpatient procedure can upgrade a man’s sexual machinery if other treatments fail. Expandable chambers implanted in the penis enlarge with a few squeezes of a small saline pump placed in the scrotum. Components are invisible and can be used at any time. “Devices are more reliable in recent years,” says Dr. Kohler. “Most men are happy with implants, and insurance often covers the procedure to put them in.”

Foods That May Help


According to one study, supplementing with niacin or vitamin B3 helps relieve erectile dysfunction in men with high cholesterol. Researcher Dr. Chi-Fai Ng of The Chinese University of Hong Kong stated, “The exciting thing about this finding is that niacin is a very old drug and the safety of it is quite well-documented. Basically, it’s just a vitamin, and so this would be a very simple way to improve erectile function.” Foods high in niacin are turkey, grass-fed beef, mushrooms, and peanuts.


Oatmeal is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol and plaque buildup in the arteries to promote blood flow and circulation throughout the body. Soluble fiber also controls the amount of glucose dumped into the bloodstream after meals. This helps stabilize blood sugar levels and ensures all muscles and organs in the body receive a proper amount of glucose, which is the cells’ preferred source of energy. Swap out eggs and bacon for a bowl of oatmeal in the morning

Red Wine

Red wine is an excellent source of the antioxidant resveratrol, which stimulates the production of nitric oxide to help open up the arteries. Unlike Viagra, which only works on tiny blood vessels, resveratrol helps open up the main arteries in the body to promote circulation. Be sure to stop after one or two glasses as drinking too much may lead to problems with getting an erection. Peanuts, blueberries, cranberries, dark chocolate and pistachios are also a good source of resveratrol.


Garlic and onions contain a compound known as allicin, which has been shown to thin the blood and enhance circulation. Garlic contains nitric oxide synthase, which plays a significant role in the development of an erection. Garlic has also been shown to stimulate nitric oxide synthase production. Allicin may also prevent atherosclerosis, which causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Add chopped garlic and onion to soups, pizza, salads, whole wheat pasta, and meat-based dishes.

Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are one of the best natural anti-inflammatory food remedies out there. They are full of the antioxidants anthocyanins, which may be able to reduce the inflammation in narrowing blood vessels that restrict blood flow to the genital area. Tart cherry juice can be purchased at most grocery stores. Look for a brand without refined sugars as this may increase the risk of inflammation and further restrict blood flow. Blueberries are also a great source of anthocyanins.


Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which is needed for heart health and blood circulation. Heart health is an important part of preventing erectile dysfunction as blood flow to the penis is crucial for keeping an erection. Other good sources of potassium include avocado, oranges, sweet potato, and acorn squash. Add a frozen banana to morning smoothies, dip fresh carrot and celery sticks in guacamole, and bake a sweet potato for dinner for an added boost of potassium.


Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper does more than just add a spicy flavor to food dishes. It also helps increase circulation and expands blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow through. Cayenne pepper is an excellent source of vitamins B6, C, and E, manganese, and potassium. It also contains antioxidant flavonoids to help reduce inflammation that may be restricting blood flow through the arteries. Cayenne pepper is also a natural pain reducer to help relax tense muscles.


Coffee and other caffeinated beverages may help prevent erectile dysfunction by increasing circulation throughout the body. Caffeine may also increase energy levels and promote levels of alertness. One study found that men who drank two to three cups of caffeine each day were less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. If coffee is too harsh on the stomach, try green or black tea, which still contains a decent amount of caffeine but are generally well tolerated on sensitive stomachs. Maintain hydration by following each cup of tea with a glass of water.


Oysters have been shown to increase testosterone levels, which is the male sex hormone responsible for sexual and reproductive health. They are also an excellent source of zinc and vitamin B6 to help boost the immune system, fight off any underlying medical conditions, support blood flow, and increase energy. Make sure oysters are properly cooked before consuming. Other foods that may help boost testosterone levels are nuts, seeds, red grapes, salmon, garlic, spinach, beans, eggs, cruciferous vegetables, and mushrooms.


Watermelon has been referred to as a natural Viagra by some sources. According to a study published in Urology, watermelon contains an amino acid that has been shown to improve blood flow to the penis similar to the way the prescription drug Viagra works. Another study published in 2008 found that watermelon may also increase libido. Researchers stated, “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”


If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor — even if you’re embarrassed. Sometimes, treating an underlying condition is enough to reverse erectile dysfunction. In other cases, medications or other direct treatments might be needed.

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