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Frequently Asked Questions About Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

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Sex is an uncomfortable topic, and we tend to avoid things that make us uncomfortable. This often means our patients have questions about erectile dysfunction and may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable asking them. At PhysioMD, rest assured that there is no such thing as a “stupid question.” Our welcoming environment and wonderful staff are here to answer your questions without judgment.

But if you’re still not comfortable to ask any questions, that’s okay! We’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the causes of erectile dysfunction.

Can too much sex cause erectile dysfunction?

No, it does not. The amount of sex you have does not necessarily result in erectile dysfunction — though it is possible that having sex on a regular basis could lead to fewer incidents of erectile dysfunction. Not having sex on a regular basis will not cause erectile dysfunction, either, although it’s more likely that men suffering from ED have less sex than those who do not have it.

There is no abnormal amount of sex — stick to what you and your partner are most comfortable with.

Does porn cause erectile dysfunction?

The idea that porn causes erectile dysfunction is a myth. There is no direct link between watching porn and developing erectile dysfunction. It is possible that porn has some negative psychological effects, such as giving men unrealistic standards, make them feel insecure in their sexual abilities, or feel guilt or shame for watching porn. In some cases, these types of feelings can affect sexual performance and cause erectile dysfunction, but porn does not directly cause ED.

Can masturbation cause erectile dysfunction?

Here is yet another myth about erectile dysfunction. Masturbation does not cause erectile dysfunction. Masturbation is a completely normal (and even healthy!) activity with no negative side effects. The TENGA 2018 Global Self-Pleasure Report found that 92% of American men (and 76% of American women) masturbate.

Can STDs cause erectile dysfunction?

Certain STDs, such as gonorrhea, untreated HIV, viral hepatitis, and chlamydia, can indeed lead to erectile dysfunction. This is most likely to occur when any of these STDs cause an infection in the prostate gland. As long as you treat the prostate infection (and the sooner the better), your erectile dysfunction issues should clear up.

Also, if you’re on any erectile dysfunction medications, don’t forget to use protection. Men prescribed drugs for ED are two to three times more likely to contract STDs, especially HIV and chlamydia, both of which could set you back if you end up with a prostate infection! 

Does a vasectomy cause erectile dysfunction?

If you and your partner have been discussing a vasectomy and you’ve had reservations about the surgery causing erectile dysfunction, you can take a deep breath. Vasectomies do not cause erectile dysfunction — and neither does reversing the procedure. Don’t let fears of ED hold you back from getting a vasectomy!

Can exercise cause erectile dysfunction?

No, exercise does not cause erectile dysfunction, but it certainly can improve erectile dysfunction! Aerobic exercises that get your heart pumping can improve your overall health and erectile dysfunction.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

There are many things that do not cause erectile dysfunction — but what does cause ED?

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Prescription drug side effects 
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Drug abuse
  • Relationship problems
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of sleep
  • Prostate infection
  • Prostate cancer or prostate surgery
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease

As you can see, there are many things that have the potential to cause erectile dysfunction. Some of these causes are psychological; others physical, and others yet due to lifestyle choices. In many cases, it’s a combination of causes, which means it may take time to deal with each item before your ED improves.

Have more ED questions? Contact PhysioMD for more information

PhysioMD is a men’s clinic located in Estero, Florida, that specializes in treating erectile dysfunction. We know it’s not easy to suffer from ED. You may feel guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed. That is completely normal, and you are not alone. Our staff is here to answer any of your questions about erectile dysfunction and help you find the best erectile dysfunction treatment option that can improve your sex life.

Contact us today for more information.

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