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The main cause of erectile disfunction (ED) is lack of blood flow to the penis. Whether it’s not enough blood into the penis, or too much blood leaving the penis, either can be problematic in achieving and sustaining an erection. Perhaps more problematic is the injury to the male ego, although most men report having had problems getting and/or sustaining an erection.

According to Dr David Cozzolino, a urologist with Christiana Health System and Brandywine Urology Consultants, the healthier a man is, the healthier his sexual function. While heart disease and lack of exercise should be considered when trying to diagnose problems with erectile disfunction, a number of other factors should be considered when trying to determine cause and effect.

  • Antidepressants
  • Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Medication
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Antihistamines

Before taking any erectile dysfunction medication, a man should check with his family doctor to make sure there is not an underlying health problem and/or a urologist, specially trained to treat ED.