When is erectile dysfunction of possible concern?

If you experience erectile dysfunction infrequently there is usually no cause for concern. It may nevertheless be beneficial to consider changing any lifestyle factors that may negatively affect it, or consult a urologist if it is causing you stress or embarrassment.

However, if erectile dysfunction happens consistently, it may be a sign of an underlying health condition and you should consult a urologist.

Erectile dysfunction

Causes of erectile dysfunction

Erectile arousal is a complex process. The brain, hormones, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels all play a part. Certain underlying health conditions including mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, and lack of confidence can aggravate erectile dysfunction.

Common causes include the following:

  • Ageing

  • Certain prescription medications

  • Depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • High cholesterol and clogged blood vessels

  • High blood pressure

  • Peyronie's disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis

  • Prostate cancer or enlarged prostate

  • Prostate surgery