How Common Is It?

Cause of ED

ED can be caused by physical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, as well as post-op surgical conditions from prostate and bladder procedures. Erectile Dysfunction can also be caused by emotional issues such as depression, stress, anger, and a general loss of hope. Alcohol and drug use can also affect male sexual performance, and will often exacerbate the emotional problems associated with ED.

How Common Is ED?

Learning about the prevalence of ED often helps men address their ED problems, and improves their outlook on the situation. Realizing their common problem has a range of available solutions also helps.

Strictly speaking, the medical answer to the question ‘Is ED normal’? is ‘No’. That is to say, erectile dysfunction is a dysfunction and an abnormal sexual condition. But the answer to the question, ‘Is ED common’? is ‘yes’. Many men suffer from ED, and, though it’s not common for younger men, ED affects about 30 million men in the United States. (Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension, 2012). Men older than 40 are three times more likely to experience complete ED than younger men. (The Journal of Urology, 1994). It is estimated that 1 in 10 men will have ED at some point in his lifetime (Cleveland Clinic, 2019), and up to 50% of men in their 50s. (University of Wisconsin Health, 2019).

Common Causes

Five of the most common causes of ED include:

  • Endocrine diseases
    • chronic diabetes
    • nerve damage
    • hormonal imbalances
  • Neurological disorders
    • Parkinson’s
    • Alzheimer’s
    • MS
    • Stroke
    • Epilepsy, and others
  • Medications
    • Alpha-and beta- blockers
    • Chemotherapy medications
    • CNS depressants and stimulants
    • Diuretics
    • SSRI medications such as Prozac and Paxil.
  • Cardiac conditions
    • Atherosclerosis
    • High cholesterol
    • Hypertension
  • Emotional issues and drug abuse
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Performance anxiety
    • Loss of hope
    • These emotional issues sometimes lead to drug abuse, which can further limit sexual performance.

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