What Really Causes Erectile Dysfunction? (The Truth)

What Really Causes Erectile Dysfunction? (The Truth)

You’ve probably heard many theories when it comes to the real cause behind Erectile Dysfunction; some famous theories include:

  • ‘It’s all apart of getting old, just deal with it!’ – Said the elderly gentleman who never treated it.
  • ‘Erectile Dysfunction doesn’t effect young men’ – Said the gentleman in denial.
  • ‘It’s because you’re not attracted to your partner’ – Said the distraught significant other.

Well, in fact, none of these above theories or reasons are true. We often hear these terrible myths about ED because not many truly understand the meaning behind it!

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) What Does it Really Mean?

Simply put.

Erectile Dysfunction, otherwise known as impotence, is the inability to sustain or obtain an erection that is strong enough for sexual intercourse. 

Now that we have that out of the way, it’s time for you to understand what really causes Erectile Dysfunction once and for all!

The Cause of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Reasons for Erectile Dysfunction can be due to both physical and psychological factors.

Physical Causes include:

  • Diabetes
  • Peyronie’s disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatments for enlarged prostate or prostate cancer
  • Surgeries or injuries that directly affect the spinal cord or pelvic area
  • Low testosterone
  • High blood pressure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Peyronie’s disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome — a condition of which causes high insulin levels, increased blood pressure, increased body fat around the stomach area and high cholesterol
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High cholesterol
  • Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Low testosterone

Psychological Causes include:

  • Mental illness including anxiety, depression and more
  • Stress, most often attributed to relationship issues or a poor work life balance

Risk Factors Associated with Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Medical conditions – Various medical conditions can cause ED, such as insomnia, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. It’s a common misconception that living with a medical condition means that Erectile Dysfunction can never be treated. However, at The Men’s Health Clinic we have treated thousands of men with Erectile Dysfunction, including some with previous medical conditions.

If a medical condition is cause for concern, it’s best to speak to a doctor that specialises in sexual health (such as ours) to determine if treatment may be suitable.

Lifestyle factors – Whether you believe it or not, your lifestyle plays a crucial role when it comes to sexual health. Eating terribly, working overtime and rarely exercising all impacts sexual performance. The penis needs healthy blood flow to gain and sustain an erection. Therefore, if your body isn’t receiving a healthy amount of blood circulation with the help of exercise, what makes you think your penis will?

It’s the hard truth when it comes to Erectile Dysfunction. Fortunately, all patients at The Men’s Health Clinic receive a complimentary session with a nutritionist when treatment commences.

Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Think you have ED? Symptoms include:

  • Issues gaining an erection
  • Low erection strength / firmness
  • Low libido

Still not sure if you have symptoms of ED? Then take our quiz to find out more!


Erectile Dysfunction can be difficult to live with. Thanks to the inspiring patients we have treated, we understand that ED has both a physical and psychological affect.  Fortunately, our custom-made treatment plans, discreet service and continuous support during treatment has helped successfully rehabilitate and restore the confidence for thousands of men.

Don’t let someone without a medical background tell you what causes ED. Instead, speak to a licensed medical specialist in sexual health. After-all, your cause of ED could be different; and as we truly understand at The Men’s Health Clinic, each person is unique and requires their own tailored treatment plan.


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