Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition where a man cannot get or keep an erection. Having erection trouble from time to time is normal. It can be caused by stress, anxiety, insomnia, substance abuse, and poor nutrition. Persistent ED that routinely affects your sex life may be caused by serious conditions and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Medical conditions linked to erectile dysfunction include:

  • High cholesterol
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Kidney disease
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Gland and hormone disorders

ED can also be a side effect of certain medications. These include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-epileptics
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Diuretics
  • High blood pressure drugs
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Chemotherapy
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Anti-arrhythmics
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs

ED can occur as a result of pelvic surgery. Abusing certain drugs, like alcohol or opioids, can also lead to this condition.