Reduced blood flow, which usually causes the vessels that supply blood to the penis to have narrowed, is a common cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) in older men. This is experienced by most men from time to time, but if it happens to you more than half the time when you’re having sex, talk to your doctor.
Is the Whole Problem In My Head?
Probably not. Most cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by physical problems alone or in combination with emotional problems. Almost any condition that affects your nerves or blood vessels can affect your ability to get an erection. High blood pressure, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, and diabetes can all lead to erectile dysfunction.
In fact, more than 50% of men with diabetes are in this situation. Sometimes, prostate cancer treatments, including surgery and radiation, may be to blame.
If you have erections in the morning or while you sleep, the problem is probably not physical. Stress, anxiety, and depression can also cause erectile dysfunction. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms show signs of ED.
Can I Blame My Meds?
Could be. Several types of medications, such as blood pressure medications (especially beta-blockers) and certain antidepressants, can make it harder to get an erection.
If you think your medicine is causing your problem, don’t stop. Talk to your doctor. You may need to switch to something else or consider taking an erectile dysfunction medication such as Vidalista or Malegra.
Could my Lifestyle Play A Role?
Absolutely. Good blood flow is key for erections. For some men, a little alcohol can help calm them down. Too much, however, is not good.
Talk to Your Doctor About Your Options
The erectile dysfunction drugs sildenafil (Cenforce, Fildena), Tadalafil (Tadalista, Cialis), and Vardenafil (Vilitra) can often help if your problem is performance anxiety or poor blood flow. Self-injections, vacuum devices, and compression pumps implanted under the skin are other options to improve your condition. If your testosterone is low, replacement therapy may help, although it will not necessarily fix your erectile dysfunction. Keep your partner informed about your erection problems and treatment as it affects your partner as well.