There is more involved in an erection that you think. Your brain, nerves, heart, blood vessels, and your hormones need to work in harmony or nothing happens. Sometimes one thing breaks down and sometimes there are multiple problems in the system. Although ED happens to many men and can be considered a “normal” part of aging it is not something that can be ignored.
ED is your body’s way of saying that something is wrong. It is an indicator of sorts. Due to the smaller size of the blood vessels in the penis, than in other parts of the body, underlying conditions like blocked arteries, high blood pressure, or heart disease present as ED before other more serious ailments like a stroke or heart attack.
ED can be an indicator of things such as:
- Nerve damage
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
Additionally, over the counter prescription medications such as antidepressants, SSRIs, beta blockers, and antihistamines can contribute to erectile dysfunction. Paying attention to your erection and its strength and frequency can help you to monitor your health. If you are having difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, don’t delay and contact your medical team today!