Erectile dysfunction

Organic Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and/or maintain an erection. It can be normal if you're tired, stressed, or drunk but it can also happen due to several pathologies. One of the commonest types of ED is psychogenic ED, in which ED is caused by psychosocial factors rather than by organic disease. Depression, relationship problems, and anxiety are common culprits. On the other hand, organic ED can be caused by vascular diseases, endocrine diseases, neurological diseases, penile conditions and surgeries, malnutrition, and medications.

ED can happen at any age but it becomes more common as you get older.
  • Symptoms
  • Erectile dysfunction

    • Gradual onset


    Not having normal erections during sleep


    Decreased sexual desire

  • Risk factors
  • Overweight or obese

    Diabetes mellitus

    High levels of fats in blood

    High blood pressure disease

    History of vascular surgery

    or Myocardial infarction

    or History of coronary artery disease


    Drug or substance abuse

    or Intravenous drug abuse

    or Use of antidepressants

    or Use of diuretics

    or Use of beta blockers

    or Use of ACE inhibitors

    or Use of calcium channel blockers

    Prostate hypertrophy or cancer

    History of stroke

    or Parkinson's disease

    or History of multiple sclerosis

    or Head injury

    or Recent back injury or trauma

    or Head surgery

    or Spinal surgery

    Liver cirrhosis

    or Kidney failure or on dialysis

    or History of hemochromatosis

    or Thick and hard skin

    Alcohol consumption

    History of prostate surgery

    or Radiation therapy

    • Pelvic radiotherapy

    Bent penis

    Sickle cell anemia

    or Leukemia

    Any thyroid disease

    or Underactive thyroid gland

    or Overactive thyroid gland

  • Treatment
  • Treatment of ED is directed towards the causing pathology. Controlling any systemic diseases that might be causing ED is essential. Treatment can be in the form of psychotherapy, medication, devices, and surgery.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Erectile dysfunction, then a visit to a urologist is recommended.

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