While nearly every man has had difficulty sometime in getting an erection, erectile dysfunction s the inability to attain and maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse 25% of the time. It is now believed that 80% of the problem is the result of a physical condition interfering with the normal functioning of the nerves and blood vessels. Any condition that impairs blood flow or nerve cell communication to the pelvic area and penis can cause erectile dysfunction. This includes vascular disease (especially atherosclerosis), diabetes (which leads to both nerve and blood vessel damage), degenerative diseases of the nervous system (such as Parkinson’s disease), spinal cord injury, and nerve damage that results from various surgeries of the bladder, back, prostate, and rectum.
There is no need to be embarrassed by erectile dysfunction. Even Senator Dole isn’t. If you suffer from erectile dysfunction or just have questions, please call a urologist. The office of Metrowest Urology has extensive experience in evaluating and managing impotence, and treats genitourinary problems for the entire family. Please call for an appointment 508.655.4422.
Certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety are thought to cause 25% of all erectile dysfunction.