Man suffering from impotency with pill

Common risk factors:

Epidemiological studies have shown that the most important factor for the development of erectile dysfunction is the age of the man. In the middle of the twentieth century, a study was conducted on men under the age of 80. According to their results, the frequency of erectile dysfunction in men aged 55 to 65 years was 25%, and in people under 30 years did not exceed 1%. The relationship between age and the risk of developing erectile dysfunction has been attributed to several factors. The sexual life of patients is affected by the presence of chronic diseases, but age-related changes in the structure and performance of the functions of the penis are also observed, regardless of systemic pathologies. Therefore, ED can be a consequence of old age as such.

Additional common factors that contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction at any age include:

  • Smoking;
  • Systematic intake of alcohol;
  • The use of toxic substances;
  • Insufficient or excessive physical activity (athletes of the world often notice erection problems due to overexertion);
  • Obesity;
  • Constant stress.

The listed factors are external, and therefore man himself can easily eliminate them. In some cases, lifestyle changes are enough to get rid of erectile dysfunction.

Psychogenic erectile dysfunction

Psychogenic implies the absence of organic changes. The problem arises from the central suppression of erection. Most often, this type of disease is characteristic of young men.
Psychological Causes of erectile dysfunction:

  • Chronic stress
  • Failure in the first attempt at intercourse;
  • Neurosis;
  • Interpersonal conflict with a partner;
  • Various phobias;
  • Sexual deviations;
  • Overwork;
  • Depressive disorder;
  • Psychological Trauma;
  • Fear of failure in young people.

The cerebral cortex has an inhibitory effect on the erection. In addition, under the influence of stress factors, the production of catecholamines (adrenaline, norepinephrine) increases, which negatively affects the erectile function of a man.

Erectile dysfunction from injury

Post-Traumatic is a type of organic disease. The reason for its appearance lies in the traumatic damage of neurovascular bundles that are involved in the formation of an erection. Etiological factors:

  • Spinal injury;
  • Injuries of pelvic organs;
  • Trauma of the penis, urethra;
  • Fractures of the pelvic bones;
  • Perineal injury.

Conservative therapy does not always help patients with post-traumatic erectile dysfunction. Doctors perform reconstructive surgery to eliminate the problem.


It is necessary to identify the causes of erectile dysfunction in order to prescribe targeted treatment. At the same time, it is possible to accurately diagnose the type of disease only with a comprehensive diagnosis, therefore, the attractiveness of men to doctors, in particular to a urologist, is of great importance. Finding a solution to the problem on your own does not favor recovery and can make the problem worse.

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