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Causes of erectile dysfunction

By: Medically reviewed by Daniel Murrell, M.D. — Written by Rachel Nall,
Source: Medical News Today.
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A man can experience ED for a number of reasons. Men of all ages can experience the condition. While people associate getting older with ED, this does not have to be the case.

Certain conditions that affect blood flow can cause ED, including:

high blood pressure
history of alcohol and tobacco use
history of brain or spinal cord injuries
history of radiation to the testicles
multiple sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
bladder or prostate surgery

Taking certain medications is also associated with ED. These include antidepressants, blood pressure-lowering medicines, and medications for pain.

In addition, mental health disorders, anxiety, or a dysfunctional relationship with a partner can all contribute to ED in men.42

ED is a common and often treatable condition affecting men. Although doctors have not conducted specific research studies related to how dehydration specifically affects ED, there are other studies and literature that can establish a link.

However, dehydration is usually a temporary condition and not typically the sole contributor to long-term ED. If a man is consistently having trouble getting or maintaining an erection, he should talk to his doctor for a diagnosis.
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