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Possible causes of erection problems

There are several possible causes for EPs; some are physical while others are related to psychological or even lifestyle factors.

What causes erection problems?

Erection problems (EPs) are caused by reduced blood flow to the penis. There are several possible causes for EPs; some are physical while others are related to psychological or even lifestyle factors. Erection problems may also be caused by taking certain medications. EPs can also be a warning sign of an underlying health condition. 

Even fit and healthy men with no underlying health conditions can experience EPs.1,2

Physical factors

These can include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. Find out more

Medication

Certain medications can cause erection problems, although many are used to treat diseases that are themselves associated with EPs. Find out more.

Psychological factors

Erection problems may be linked to mental wellbeing in men. Often psychological causes are inter-connected, and men may be affected by more than one at any given time. Find out more.

Relational factors

Problems or conflicts within relationships, or negative thoughts about sexual performance may cause EPs. Find out more

Lifestyle risk factors

Many aspects of the modern lifestyle can harm physical and mental wellbeing. Find out more

References
  1. Nguyen HMT, Gabrielson AT, Hellstrom WJG. Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men-A Review of the Prevalence and Risk Factors. Sex Med Rev. 2017
     
  2. Rastrelli G, Maggi M. Erectile dysfunction in fit and healthy young men: psychological or pathological? Transl Androl Urol. 2017

PP-VUJ-GBR-0317 - December 2020