Erectile dysfunction can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose erectile dysfunction, we could:
|Heart Disease||1%||Ruled out|
|Cigarette Smoke Damage||0%||Ruled out|
|Adrenal Fatigue||0%||Ruled out|
|Prostate Cancer||0%||Ruled out|
Do you have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection?
Possible responses:→ No / never / prefer not to say / don't know
→ Very rarely I will fail to maintain full erection
→ I occasionally fail to achieve/maintain erection
→ I usually/always fail to achieve/maintain erection
Impotence or erectile dysfunction is one of the most common symptoms of andropause.
Without sufficient testosterone the penile muscles atrophy, with the result that insufficient blood is trapped for developing or maintaining an erection, which in turn leads to poor performance and the anxiety that follows. One study found that low testosterone is a factor in 20% of men under 30 with erectile problems.
A cancerous prostate gland may interfere with blood flow and nerve impulses to the penis. That can cause ED; impotence can be one of the signs of prostate cancer.
Men with high blood pressure who smoke are 26 times more likely to be impotent than non-smokers. Even former smokers with high blood pressure (hypertension) are 11 times more likely to be impotent than non smokers. [Study conducted by Dr. John Spangler, MD at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center]