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Erectile Dysfunction Causes

Does depression cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    It makes sense: A guy who feels down, and that there's no way of making it better, isn't about to rise to the occasion in the bedroom, or even want to. Depression can indeed cause erectile dysfunction (ED), or the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex. Erections start with the brain, which sends signals to the body to fill the penis with blood. When you're depressed, the flood of chemicals that communicate with regions down south are out of balance. As a result, the message from your brain struggles to get through to your penis, and your desire for sex (or libido) decreases.
  • AHarris McIlwain, Pain Medicine, answered
    Depression is another cause of erectile dysfunction. Up to 90 percent of depressed men suffer from some type of erection problem. In the past, many doctors failed to recognize depression in male patients, and often treated them with anxiety medications or told them to reduce their stress. Because of our tumultuous corporate world, the rate of depression today is rising faster among men than women, with more successful professional men in their 30s and 40s reporting having this problem.

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