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What increases my risk for erectile dysfunction?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Because there are so many causes of erectile dysfunction (ED), there are many things that may increase your risk for the condition. Getting older may be one factor that increases your risk for ED, although age alone doesn't usually cause the condition - usually, it's another underlying medical condition. Having another medical condition, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or heart disease, may increase your risk for erectile dysfunction. Taking certain medications or undergoing other treatments or surgeries for medical problems may also increase your risk. Tobacco, drug, and alcohol use may increase your risk for erectile dysfunction. You may also be at a higher risk if you have certain psychological problems like depression, anxiety, or lasting relationship problems.

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