Our latest blog looks at 5 common causes of Erectile Dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction is something that affects men of all ages across the world. Approximately half of the UK male population aged between 40 and 70 will suffer from the condition to some degree at a point in their lives, and it can occur for a number of varied reasons. We’ve put together a list of five of the most common causes of ED – in no particular order – to help men recognise what could potentially be causing their condition.

1) Neurologic conditions

Men who suffer from neurologic conditions or nerve disorders can often be at increased risk of erectile dysfunction. These conditions can affect the ability of the brain and how it communicates with the body’s reproductive system, which can prevent a person from achieving an erection. Neurological disorders which are most commonly associated with impotence include Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s, with those who have suffered a stroke or a brain or a spinal tumour also at increased risk of not being able to perform sexually.

man with alzheimers

2) Emotional problems

Achieving an erection is dependent on a person’s ability to go through what is known as an “excitement phase.” For many men, getting an erection is something of an emotional response, and if a person is suffering from an emotional disorder it can seriously hamper their ability to become aroused. Depression or anxieties – in particular, performance anxiety – are common causes of impotence.  Performance anxiety can affect men who have perhaps suffered from ED in the past who fear that it may occur again.

3) Lifestyle factors

Making ill-advised health decisions on a daily basis can often affect a man’s ability to get an erection. Factors such as being overweight and obese can contribute to the development of erection problems, as well as habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption or taking illegal drugs. Fatigue is also a factor. It’s also worth noting that some prescribed medications can contribute to ED – antidepressants, antihistamines and hypertension medicines are the most common medications that can lead to erectile problems for men.

man smoking

4) Cardiac-related problems

A man’s ability to achieve an erection depends on there being a sufficient blood flow to the penis. Conditions that affect the heart and its ability to pump blood around the body, therefore, can often lead to impotence. One such condition is atherosclerosis, which causes blood vessels to become clogged and restricts blood flow around the body. People with high cholesterol or high blood pressure also carry an increased risk of suffering from ED.

5) Endocrine issues

Our body has an endocrine system which produces important hormones that regulate metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, mood and much more. Problems such as endocrine diseases have often been linked to ED suffering, with diabetes commonly associated with it. A common side effect of chronic diabetes is nerve damage which, as already discussed, can affect the penis’ ability to become erect.

If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction and want to take action to restore your sex life, the team at Vigore are here to help. Our treatment uses “gold standard” Renova technology, and is safe, painless, non-invasive and has zero known side effects. Most importantly, for vascular-related ED it has very high success rates. Now in seven clinics nationwide and growing, our low intensity shockwave treatment is a well-established, clinically-proven option for men in Europe.


You can reach us at enquiries@vigore.co.uk.