Can a Hormone Imbalance Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Even though it may seem like erectile dysfunction is rare, up to 52 percent of men have experienced this problem. Just because your guy friends aren't talking about it doesn't mean it isn't happening to them. It's not just an older man's problem either. Some research has shown that one in four men under 40 have sought treatment for erectile dysfunction. Understanding what is causing your erectile dysfunction is imperative to treatment, especially because such a wide variety of problems can cause this disorder.

How Do Hormones Play a Role in Erectile Dysfunction?

As men age, testosterone levels in the body begin to decrease. The decline actually begins around age 30 and can also occur because of injury, infection, cancer treatment, hemochromatosis, inflammatory diseases, medications, chronic illness, stress, obesity and alcoholism. Low testosterone causes a loss of sex drive and can also cause erectile dysfunction.

Other signs of low testosterone include:

  • Increase in body fat and decrease in muscle mass
  • Anemia
  • Fragile bones
  • Decrease in body hair
  • Changes in cholesterol or blood pressure

What Else Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Because sexual arousal and performance require such a complex combination of processes in the brain, muscles, blood vessels and even nerves, many things can cause erectile dysfunction. Some other culprits besides hormones include:

  • Emotional or psychological problems such as anxiety or depression
  • Medications
  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Drugs
  • Injuries
  • Prostate problems


What Are the Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction?

There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing erectile dysfunction. These include:

  • Medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Alcohol, drug or tobacco use
  • Injuries
  • Medications
  • Stress, anxiety or depression
  • Obesity


If you are suffering from low libido or erection problems, Dr. Foster can help. A full-body approach to health and wellness will have you feeling and performing better in no time. They don't call him the Vitality Doctor for no reason! 

To schedule a consultation in person or over the phone, call us today at 760-670-3621.

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