Erectile dysfunction or impotence is a condition in which a man cannot achieve an erection. The disease is most often observed in the elderly, as erectile ability decreases with age.
Erectile dysfunction can occur when the blood vessels in the penis narrow or become blocked. Then there is an interaction of the nervous system, which “unlocks” the erection. Decreased libido can also be a cause.
Blockage or blockage of blood vessels can be caused by certain medical conditions. These are diabetes mellitus, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, hormonal imbalance, atherosclerosis, and heart disease. An unhealthy lifestyle also predisposes to erectile dysfunction.
The risk of developing erectile dysfunction is higher with obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking, or addiction to drugs. Taking certain medications can also cause impotence.
Erectile dysfunction can also occur due to mental problems. People suffering from stress, fear, insecurity, sadness, or interpersonal problems may also be affected. Often, erectile dysfunction can be caused by a combination of mental and physical problems.
Those affected may experience symptoms such as difficulty achieving an erection, an inability to maintain one, and decreased libido.