A man getting aroused unleashes a maelstrom of chemicals, nervous system signals, altered blood flow and brain activity, all of which results in an erection. If any one of these systems or physical functions goes awry, problems can occur.

It’s important to point out that erectile dysfunction (ED)—the consistent inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex—has numerous potential medical causes, including:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stroke
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse

Other issues, such as fluctuations in testosterone levels, problems with blood flow, nerve damage and psychological hurdles, can also contribute to ED. This is why it’s essential to address erectile dysfunction with a well-rounded approach that