Correcting Emotional or Relationship Problems That Can Lead to ED

Stress at work or home, relationship conflicts, or anxiety over sexual performance, can cause or worsen ED. Eliminating the source of the problem is key. That starts with open, honest communication. Talk with your partner about the challenges you’re facing so you can work together on solutions. Need more help? Bellin Health offers couples therapy. Call us at (920) 433-6700.

Prescription or Over-The-Counter Drugs Can Cause ED

Here’s a list of classes of prescription or over-the-counter medications that can cause male impotence:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Blood pressure medicines
  • Heartburn medicines
  • Ibuprofen
  • Medications for male pattern hair loss
  • Painkillers
  • Parkinson’s disease medications

The National Institutes of Health has a detailed list of medications that can cause sexual arousal and performance problems. Review the list here and be sure to discuss the medicines you’re taking with your Bellin Health physician.

Medical Conditions That Can Cause ED

  • Diabetes (high blood sugar)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Brain or spinal-cord injuries
  • Hypogonadism (which leads to lower testosterone levels)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Radiation therapy to the testicles
  • Stroke
  • Some types of prostate or bladder surgery