Categories: Men's Health3 min read

by Stephen Luther, M.D.


Understanding the Causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Identifying the Underlying Cause of ED is the First Step to Solving the Problem

Millions of men worldwide experience erectile dysfunction (ED). While it is a common problem, it can be challenging to discuss. Online pharmacies offer access to medicines such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra to treat ED symptoms. Yet, these prescriptions do not improve the male organ’s overall health and tend to distract men from finding the underlying cause of ED and solving it. As such, there’s no better time to discuss the primary causes of ED and help you understand the problem.

Physical Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Many causes of ED are linked to poor health in men. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and hormonal imbalances. Injuries to the spinal cord and prostate problems may also contribute to ED. While some physical causes of ED cannot be prevented, many can be managed by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and following a proper health plan.

Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem can trigger ED. Psychological factors can impact the brain’s signals that control blood flow to the organ. When these signals are affected, it can lead to temporary or long-term ED. Talking to a health professional and practicing mindfulness techniques such as meditation and deep breathing can help reduce the psychological causes of ED.

Lifestyle Habits That Contribute to Erectile Dysfunction

Unhealthy practices such as smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse bring about ED. Smoking harms blood flow and damages blood vessels, leading to ED over time. Alcohol and drug abuse can also damage the nervous system, leading to problems with long-term ED. Quitting smoking and illicit drug abuse, avoiding or reducing drinking, and adopting a healthier lifestyle can lead to significant improvements.

Medications That Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Some prescriptions, such as blood pressure medicine, antidepressants, and tranquilizers can cause ED. If you’re experiencing ED symptoms because of a medication, you can talk to your doctor about changing your prescription to prevent or reduce ED symptoms.

The Correlation of Age and Erectile Dysfunction

Finally, age can contribute to ED. As men mature, they produce less testosterone, leading to less frequent and weaker erections. However, be aware that age is not the only factor in ED. Many older men still have fully functioning lives, and if they face ED, it’s essential to identify the cause and find ways to improve the condition.

Treatment is Available

If you experience chronic or occasional ED or simply desire improvement in your performance, Alma Duo offered at Symbios Health is an in-office treatment that uses ultrasound wave therapy to stimulate and enhance blood flow to bring spontaneity back to men’s lives.

Symbios offers a natural, long-term solution that addresses the root cause of many forms of ED, not just managing ED symptoms. Alma Duo is performed in the office; typically, it is a 15-minute treatment with no topical anesthetic and no downtime.

Alma Duo delivers low-intensity pulses (it feels like a light tapping) that improve vascular function. Your six painless treatments can be completed in less than three weeks. Even better, Alma Duo is a lasting fix that requires no drugs, needles, or surgery and won’t interrupt the moment. Results have been clinically validated to last at least two years post-treatment. Symbios can even combine Alma Duo with other modalities for maximum, longer-lasting results.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have ED, Symbios can help. Schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Stephen Luther by calling 843.738.4800.


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