It can be disheartening to be unable to get and keep an erection. There are a number of reasons why this may be the case for you. There’s no shame in dealing with erectile dysfunction. Nearly 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction due to a number of reasons. This is why the Charleston Men’s Clinic was founded — to help men get and keep erections again and restore their sexual health.
For the most part, ED is the result of aging and low testosterone, but it can also be caused by neurological disorders. In this post, we’ll be sharing how a male’s neurology can affect sexual health, as well as, the various neurological disorders that can cause erectile dysfunction. If you’re ready to discuss your erectile dysfunction, request an appointment online to see the medical staff at the Charleston Men’s Clinic. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more.
Neurology and erectile dysfunction
The communication between the brain and a male’s reproductive system involves signals. Those signals are sent back and forth, so the brain knows when to produce or secrete specific hormones related to reproduction. In other words, the male’s brain needs to know when to tell his body it’s time to get an erection.
For example, a male with neurological complications may face erectile dysfunction. This means that the signals to and from the brain are being interrupted or not sent. The disorder is causing a neurological interference between the brain and the reproductive system.
Neurological disorders that affect erections
The following neurological disorders may cause erectile dysfunction. In most cases, the individual’s disorder, lifestyle, and age all play a factor in their ability to get and keep an erection. Here are the disorders:
- Alzheimer’s disease – A degenerative brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Men who have onset Alzheimer’s may also experience a decrease in sexual desire (libido) and the inability to get and keep erections. Anyone is at the risk of developing this disorder, but those 65 years of age and older have an increased risk. Furthermore, one’s family history and genetics can play a role in the likelihood of developing the disorder.
- Parkinson’s disorder – A progressive neurological disorder. Problems typically revolve around movement. As the disorder progresses, the ability to make smooth movements and hold certain positions decrease. Since this is a neurological disorder, erectile dysfunction can result as the disorder progresses.
- Brain tumor – a mass or collection of abnormal cells in or around your brain. As the cancer grows, it can affect neurological function throughout the body due to its position in and around the brain. One side effect of a brain tumor can be erectile dysfunction.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – A chronic disorder affecting one’s nervous system. The body attacks the myelin insulating the nerve system throughout one’s body, which results in inflammation, scar tissues, or lesions throughout the body. Due to the disorder’s direct effect on the nervous system, erectile can result as MS progresses.
- Stroke – When blood vessels in the brain rupture or bleeds; the blood supply to the brain is blocked in some capacity, reducing the amount of oxygen getting to the brain tissues. The CDC reports that strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke can cause neurological damage, which can lead to erectile dysfunction, in some cases.
- Temporal lobe epilepsy – A disorder that causes a change in brain-cell activity, which can result in seizures, loss of body control, or even loss of consciousness. There are numerous causes that can be responsible for this disorder to occur. Due to the neurological nature of this disorder, erectile dysfunction may result.
Charleston Men’s Clinic: Request an appointment to treat your ED
With more than 50-plus years of men’s sexual health medical experience, our primarily male staff is here to help you. We’ve assisted thousands of men with our various ED treatments to get and keep erections once again. Trust us when we say this: “It’s not embarrassing for us to help you with your sexual health.” If you have a neurological disorder that may be causing erectile dysfunction, request an appointment online or call our clinic in Mount Pleasant today!