A Detailed Guide to Erectile Dysfunction and Available Treatments

John Hanger

Detailed Guide to Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or ED is common amongst men of varied ages but apparent in nearly half of men over the age of 40. With that being said this is not something we should brush under the rug or be ashamed of. There are several potential causes of ED and today we are going to discuss not only the causes but potential ways to fix them at home or with your doctor.

Psychological Problem

Psychological Problem

Is it all in your head? Psychological issues can affect your ability to maintain an erection or even achieve one. The most common issue in the psychological symptom is thinking it will happen. Being unable to perform as you choose can be an embarrassing moment. Often men are so anxious about that happening to them it happens simply because they are thinking about a potential problem. Anxiety is a mood killer, regardless of if it's about sex, work, taxes, or your favorite sports team, and can have a seriously negative effect on your sex life.

Stress! Who isn't stressed out these days, but increased stress levels can also hinder your ability to perform. Stress has a myriad of negative effects on the body anywhere from headaches, tense muscles, insomnia, a weakened immune system, a low sex drive, and ED. Your body undergoes a lot of imbalance when you are stressed out and that can be a huge factor in why you are not able to perform as well.

The final psychological issue we need to discuss although there are several that can have a negative effect on your sex life is depression. Depression is clinically proven to constrict the blood vessels, if you cannot have blood flowing to your penis as required to achieve and maintain an erection you are most likely going to feel as if you suffer from ED.

Potential causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Potential causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Outside of the psychological aspects of what could be causing ED, there are several physical aspects as well. These are things like a spinal cord/ pelvic region injury or recent surgery. In these cases, your doctor should have informed you that ED could be a temporary side effect until you have recovered. However, in some cases more pronounced and long-term ED can occur from these types of injuries.

Sleeping disorders like insomnia or sleep apnea have been known to trigger ED in men. The lack of the ability to maintain a proper rest cycle makes it hard for the brain to focus. Studies have shown a significant increase in men suffering from ED that have been diagnosed with sleep apnea which can be helped with a CPAP device to get better sleep.

Having an enlarged prostate, heart disease, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, high insulin levels, and Diabetes. Poor blood circulation, prostate cancer, and lack of testosterone. Are all medical conditions that can cause ED and treatment options should be monitored by your doctor.

I want to also touch on Excessive Alcoholism specifically because the amount of alcohol on a daily basis that can cause ED varies from person to person. Alcohol reduces blood flow to the penis and can severely lower your ability to be excited during sex, therefore, reducing the strength of your erection. Sober sex is better sex.

How to identify if a man is suffering from Erectile Dysfunction

man is suffering from Erectile Dysfunction

So far things have been pretty morbid, stick with me because if you think you have ED you need to first identify the symptoms so you can speak with your doctor. It is always a bad idea to assume you have ED and start treating that before finding out if there are underlying issues. What does ED actually look like?

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • A severe reduction in sex drive
  • Anxiety
  • Low Self Esteem

This is not to be confused with symptoms of other sexual disorders like Premature ejaculation or the inability to ejaculate.

Available treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Available treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Treatment, you think you have ED or want to get ahead of what you think are potential issues there are many options available thanks to the massive amount of research done on the topic. The first option is going to be to get healthy, add exercise, and a good diet to your life. Cardiovascular training is a great way to begin building up the strength in your blood vessels and helps your body maintain an optimal body mass index.

Try Yoga

Try Yoga

Not up for running around? Try yoga, yes yoga. Get a mat and try using yoga and its numerous pelvis stretching techniques to promote better blood flow. Studies have shown that men with ED saw a significant increase in not only sexual performance but the ability to get and maintain erections after a few weeks of yoga. Namaste!

Available Medication

Penis Enlargement Pills

penis enlargement pills

Oral medications work as well, doctors now are not shy about prescribing over-the-counter medications to individuals that suffer from ED. Other options include Volume and recovery pills that you can take to not only help enhance your size, the volume of your semen but also reduce recovery times. Who wouldn't want a round two? (Hint this also counts as cardiovascular exercise.)

Automatic Penis Pump

Automatic Penis Pump

As we have been discussing an increased blood flow another way to encourage your blood vessels to cooperate is with a Vacuum Penis Pump. This is a tried and true method to help manage ED, an Automatic Penis Pump simply encourages more blood flow to the penis to help maintain an erection. They are relatively inexpensive and can seriously enhance performance.

Penile Surgery

Finally, there are surgical options to help ED patients get where they would like to be as well. For most of us and I do mean the vast majority, ED can be solved with a change in diet, exercise, and helpful bedroom tools. Surgery is a potentially harmful and costly option that should be avoided unless absolutely recommended by a doctor.

Some Routine Changes which can help you to treat erectile dysfunction

Grow Intimacy

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Before you get spun up about thinking you have ED it is always good to try a few things out first. Since anxiety and stress are the most common issues talk to your partner and work on growing more intimate with each other. Relieving the stress and anxiety from the bedroom can work wonders on your state of mind and reduce any ED effects.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Maintain a healthy lifestyle, from your work-life balance to your physical fitness these are easy ways to begin the journey back to a healthy bedroom. Skip Taco Tuesday every once in a while and take the stairs more often just to start. Don't bring work home and know when to unplug from the daily hustle so your mind and body can actually relax. If you are a smoker or a heavy drinker, both of these things can have negative effects on your sex life. Give your body a chance to perform optimally and see if your ED issues don't resolve themselves.


ED will happen to most of us, if you ensure that you educate yourself on the potential causes you can reduce your chances or reverse it with simple changes. Your body is a machine and it is only as good as how you are maintaining it. While there are some medical issues that can cause ED to occur all of us can benefit from making sure even with those issues we approach ED with knowledge instead of embarrassment and anxiety. Talk to your doctor if you are feeling like you are having ED issues or try some of the tips I laid out and see if they fix themselves.

 Medical Disclaimer: If you have any medical conditions, questions, or concerns, please speak with your healthcare provider directly. The articles on Zen Hanger are underpinned by peer-reviewed research and information drawn from medical societies and governmental agencies. However, they are not a substitute for professional medical advice diagnosis, or treatment.