What causes erectile dysfunction?

Many believe that with age, erectile dysfunction is inevitable. Although the number of men with erectile dysfunction and increases with age, there is the possibility that erectile dysfunction develops as a consequence of any disease or drugs, which were taken in these diseases. Erectile dysfunction is rarely a purely psychological problem. Studies have shown that 80% of male erectile dysfunction is a consequence of any physical condition. These include: chronic disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis is often accompanied by erectile dysfunction. Kidney, liver, thyroid, hormonal disorders also lead to erectile dysfunction. Men, who suffering from depression, also often report that they have erectile dysfunction.

Surgery and neurological disorders

If somehow was damaged the nerves connecting the penis with the central nervous system, may occur erectile dysfunction. They include surgery on the prostate gland, spinal cord injury or pelvic organs, stroke, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s disease.

Receiving drugs

Many of the drugs designated in the above-mentioned diseases by themselves can cause erectile dysfunction as an additional side effect. An example would be drugs designated for high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, arthritis, peptic ulcer disease or epilepsy.


Smoking, alcohol abuse or drug use can cause erectile dysfunction. If you want to learn more about the causes of erectile dysfunction, or you consider that one of the above reasons may be relevant to you, you can make an appointment to our sexologist. He can discuss in detail these questions with you.