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What are the Causes of ED & Other Sexual Dysfunction Issues?


There’s a stigma that surrounds male sexual dysfunction. Millions of men across the country will deal with it in some form, but that doesn’t offer much comfort in the moment. Many guys deal with intense feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment stemming from conditions such as Erectile Dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and Peyronie’s Disease (PD).


What some may not realize is that the causes of ED and other sexual dysfunction issues vary significantly from person to person. As trusted men’s health experts, Forum Health West Bloomfield can help men find and treat root cause of their sexual health concerns. Read on to learn more about the common causes of ED and similar conditions.

Causes of ED

Most men will have isolated instances of performance issues at one point or another. However, consistent problems with ED impact as many as 40 percent of men over 40—with that number increasing to 70 percent when they pass age 70.


Why is ED so common? Part of the reason is that the problem isn’t just limited to one area of your health. Though classified as a sexual health issue, ED can stem from problems related to a man’s physical, mental, and emotional health. We talked previously about hormone imbalances, which can be one of many potential causes in addition to:

  • Conditions such as Diabetes, high blood pressures, high cholesterol, and obesity
  • Frequent tobacco use
  • Substance abuse
  • Low testosterone
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Other sexual health conditions such as Peyronie’s Disease 
  • And much more

Premature Ejaculation

Besides erectile dysfunction, perhaps the other most common (and equally frustrating) sexual health issue among men is premature ejaculation


Equal parts frustrating and embarrassing, there’s such a stigma around premature ejaculation that most men won’t even admit the problem to a professional. Perhaps more so than ED, Mental blockage (caused by guilt, anxiety, low self-confidence or stress) is a primary culprit for this issue.

Peyronie’s Disease

Finally, there’s Peyronie’s Disease. More painful but less common than the previous two conditions, PD occurs due to a build up of fibrous scar tissue under the skin of the penis. This causes the penis to bend and curve during erections, leading to potentially painful intercourse or a change in shape. Some potential causes include genetics, trauma, pre-existing conditions, and more. 

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When you work with Forum Health, you get the benefit of dedicated and knowledgeable staff. Our team will offer timely service and support, as well as all the necessary information needed to begin your testing and treatment process.  


Dedicated to providing a premier patient care experience, our team customizes each plan specifically for you—providing individualized guidance and support to help you overcome your unique challenges. 


If you’re ready to regain your youthful energy and exuberance, rekindle the romance in your relationship, or just be the best version of yourself, we can help! 

Schedule an in-person appointment  today and see the difference a science-backed plan and experienced medical professionals can do for you.