Erectile Dysfunction – Issues To Watch Out For

If you have recently been diagnosed with an erectile dysfunction disorder, a suitable treatment plan should be all that is required to get your sex life back on track. However, what your doctor may not have explained is that there are a number of things you need to keep an eye out for during the treatment course.

If your treatment plan does not seem to be working for you, it may be that there is another issue within the body which is actually the root cause of the erection problems – and which has not yet been diagnosed. Take a look at the following conditions which are known to result in perceived erectile dysfunction.

Common Underlying Issues

Following is a list of the common underlying issues that often result in erectile dysfunction being a side effect:

  • Neural Disorders or Injuries
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Circulation or Arterial Disorders

Whilst we have classified all of these as being “common” – we should probably define our meaning of this. Thankfully, the prevalence of these four issues is very low. For example, the chance that you have a neurological disorder which is the fundamental root cause of erectile dysfunction is less than 0.001%.

However, if your treatment plan is not working, and you have ruled out all other possibilities, this is where our “common” term comes in – as a last resort.

Examples of Underlying Issues Causing Erectile Dysfunction

Let’s look at a few examples of illnesses or issues which have been traced back to become the root of some erectile dysfunction disorders.

  • Recent brain damage – in one case, a patient who had recently been in a car crash was subsequently diagnosed with severe erectile dysfunction. It wasn’t until a specialist realised that the brain had been damaged to some extent during this minor car crash, that the treatment plan was changed.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder – in this case, the patient presented with moderate erectile dysfunction issues, and was quickly placed on a PDE5 inhibitor for treatment. Once it was discovered that the anxiety was actually causing the dysfunction, the PDE5 inhibitor was swapped out for an SSRI medication, and the problem was instantly solved.

The lesson to be learned here is that if your treatment plan for erectile dysfunction is not working, you may need to go back to your doctor to seek an alternative explanation.