Understanding the Causes of Erectile Dysfunction is Key


Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Charleston Men’s Clinic, we understand that erectile dysfunction is something that many men do not want to talk about. Unfortunately, society has placed a bit of a stigma on this particular topic and, for many men, it can be something that they feel uncomfortable talking to their doctor about. In today’s post, we want to do away with any of the embarrassment surrounding this topic because, believe it or not, erectile dysfunction is quite common. According to studies, an estimated 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 experience some form of erectile dysfunction during their lifetime and that risk only increases with age. In today’s post, we thought it would be a good idea to go over some of the most common causal factors of ED and what you can do right now to mitigate the effects of these factors in your own life. Continue reading below to learn more.

Talk to a Doctor, They can Help


Although it might seem embarrassing, if you are experiencing ED it is important that you seek the help of a medical professional. Trust us, they deal with cases like this regularly and are not going to bat an eye at the fact that you are experiencing issues. ED can be caused by a wide range of things and it is important to seek the help of a medical professional in order to accurately diagnose what could be causing issues in your case. Below, we have listed some of the most common reasons that men, especially those over 40, experience ED issues.



  • Endocrine Diseases: The endocrine system is responsible for producing the hormones in the body that help to regulate metabolism, sexual functions, mood, reproductive urges, and much more. If your endocrine system becomes compromised, it can throw your hormones out of balance and have a severe effect on your ability to achieve and maintain erection. Diabetes especially can have an effect on this part of the body because one of the side effects associated with diabetes is nerve damage. As your nerves become more damaged, including the ones in the penis, sensations are registered less by the body, exacerbating ED symptoms in many men.
  • Medication: If you have ever listened to drug commercials on television, you’ve probably noticed that quite a few of them list erectile dysfunction as a possible side effect. Certain medications can affect blood flow, which can lead to ED. Making the situation even more difficult to deal with is the fact that many people cannot simply stop taking medications so, once again, it is important for you to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing ED symptoms after taking a particular med.
  • Heart-related Conditions: Any condition that affects the heart is going to have an effect on a man’s ability to achieve and maintain and erection. Your heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body and maintaining appropriate blood pressure levels. If your heart is unable to adequately control these levels, it can lead to ED symptoms that cannot be fixed until a doctor becomes involved. Additionally, if you suffer from high cholesterol this can impede the flow of blood to the penis, further adding to ED issues.
  • Lifestyle and Emotional Factors: In order to achieve an erection, a man must first go through the excitement phase, the phase in which his body prepares itself for sexual intercourse. If a person is suffering from an emotional disorder, this affects their ability to achieve an erection because their body does not go through the excitement phase. Further complicating the matter, men can suffer from performance anxiety, which means that they worry that they won’t be able to achieve an erection even though they were able to in the past.



If you are experiencing issues related to erectile dysfunction please contact us today at Charleston Men’s Clinic. Our professional and discrete physicians will work with you to get to understand what is causing your erectile dysfunction and help you develop a plan that is personalized to your specific case. ED is not something that can be handled by the individual in many situations, contact us today and let us help you get back to 100 percent.