Understanding Erectile Dysfunction
Causes & Treatments 

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a medical condition in which a man has difficulty getting or maintaining an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. It is important to address it because it can have a negative impact on a man’s self-esteem, relationships, and overall well-being

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Read more about the medical complexities of erectile dysfunction and the medical practitioners who treat different aspects.

What are the common causes of erectile dysfunction?

Many medical and lifestyle factors contribute to erectile dysfunction that impedes satisfying sexual relations, these include:

  • Lack of exercise and poor diet 
  • Relationship issues and hesitancy to communicate openly about sexual desires and anxieties
  • Stress and inadequate sleep

An erection is a complex process that includes hormones, emotions, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. Both psychological and physical issues result in erectile dysfunction in most men. The physical issues may include:

  • Heart disease – It blocks the blood supply to the penis or narrows with atherosclerosis, hardening of arteries. The main contributing factors include high blood pressure and cholesterol. 
  • Obesity – Obesity damages blood vessels, minimizes testosterone and causes inflammation and all of them increase the risk of erectile dysfunction. 
  • Diabetes – Most diabetic men may experience erectile dysfunction. Diabetes causes peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) to the nerves that control erections. Type 2 diabetes causes erectile dysfunction that generally responds well to Dual-action SONICWAVE. Learn more about the connection between diabetes, erectile dysfunction, testosterone deficiency and shockwave treatments here. Type 1 diabetes is more challenging and if possible should be addressed earlier. 
  • A reported symptom of COVID is diminished erectile performance. See details here

The above causes generally result in what is termed vasculogenic ED.  Then there are causes that are partly physical and partly psychological. These are:

  • Neurological disorders – The common neurological disorders include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord or other nerve injuries from stroke, diabetes, surgery cause ED. 
  • Hormones – Hormones like increased prolactin, steroid abuse, abnormal thyroid hormones, and lower testosterone contribute to erectile dysfunction. 
  • Pornography – Men who use pornography to masturbate sometimes find that lovemaking in person does not stimulate them adequately and they find it challenging to get and maintain an erection.

Getting worried about an erection or performance anxiety can make it more challenging to do so. Men who have remained celibate until they get married or meet their bride for the first time in arranged marriages quite often experience anxiety about their ability to provide sexual satisfaction, which in turn leads to premature ejaculation along with erectile dysfunction.

Many common prescription drugs have the side effect of erectile dysfunction. The drugs include blood pressure medications, anxiety and depression drugs and cancer treatments. If ED is a side effect you should let your physician know and see if alternative medications are available without side effects. 

Erectile Dysfunction is Common and Treatable

The condition is more common than most people imagine and becomes more common as men age. Around 20% of younger men experience erectile dysfunction. Most commonly the reasons are psychogenic rather than vasculogenic.

Around 50% of men in their 50s experience ED. The proportion goes up from there, reaching about 80% for men in the 80s.

ED should be treated as early as possible after it becomes noticeable. Men tend to ignore the problem for too long and attribute the causes to overwork and stress.

Learn more about how stress causes ED which leads to more stress.

Canadian Urological Association guidelines for treating Erectile Dysfunction

In 2021 the Urological Association published guidelines that acknowledged the significance of ED in the wellness and quality of life of Canadians. The treatments they recommended include as a first-line PDE5 pills.

Then as a second-line three potential approaches: 1. A vasodilator pellet placed in the tip of the penis. 2. A vasodilator injected into the penis. 3. A vacuum pump that draws blood into the penis.

The third-line treatment requires surgery and the implantation of rods or an inflatable bladder into the penis.

The guidelines stopped short of recommending shockwave saying, “Li-SWT is believed to be a safe procedure with virtually no short-term adverse effects  reported, but more research is required to assess the possibility of longer-term adverse effects.”

The guidelines overlook the many urologists in Canada and around the world that employ Li-SWT to treat erectile dysfunction. Also the experiences of over 5 million patients who have been treated over the last 20 years outside North America were not taken into account, nor the many scientific studies, which are listed here.

Further details of treatments can be found on Erectile Dysfunction Treatments.

Getting Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Toronto

When it comes to getting erectile dysfunction treatment in Toronto, you should look no further than FullMast Men’s Health Clinic. We utilize proven scientifically advanced technology without using any injections and without significant pain. 

For erectile dysfunction treatment in Toronto, our physicians use Swiss-made Dual-action SONICWAVE to stimulate blood vessels and nerve growth inside the penis through the natural healing abilities of the body. 

At FullMast Men’s Health Clinics, we focus on sexual performance and specialize in treating erectile dysfunction and its underlying issues. If you need harder erections and improved sensitivity, we provide performance tune-ups and are dedicated to delivering outstanding results. 

Feel free to go through our customer reviews and testimonials and schedule our erectile dysfunction treatment in Toronto. For more information about our treatment procedures, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 1-844-500-1177.