ED – Erectile Dysfunction

One of the conditions that have a significant impact on the quality of life of males is erectile dysfunction. There are more than an estimated 30 million Americans that are affected by erectile dysfunction. Symptoms of erectile dysfunction frequently develop without an apparent cause. However, the source of erectile dysfunction is usually traced back to environmental and physical factors.

What is ED – Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, also referred to as ED or impotence, is correlated with the inability to maintain a firm erection for sexual intercourse or activity. The diagnosis of erectile dysfunction occurs when failure to maintain an erection is recurring. Erectile dysfunction can have different effects on different people, including the total inability to become erect, inconsistency in reaching erection, or the inability to remain erect for extended periods of time.

Many factors coincide with erectile dysfunction, including:

  • Clogged/Blocked Blood Vessels

  • Hormonal Changes

  • Alcohol Abuse

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Advanced Age

  • Poor Diet

  • Prescription Medications

  • Heart Disease

  • Liver Disease

  • Kidney Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

Erectile Dysfunction and Hormones

Erectile dysfunction in men has several causes, and hormones influence many of them. Hormones help regulate bodily functions. Hormones work in concert to help the body function optimally; if one hormone is not at its optimal levels, it will affect the others. With that being said, when your body has an excess or a deficiency of a particular hormone, you can experience many types of symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Andropause, commonly referred to as male menopause, is accompanied by low testosterone levels, which in turn can lead to numerous unpleasant symptoms, including muscle loss, weight gain, and of course, erectile dysfunction. Testosterone levels affect both the ability and capability of men to produce erections. Lowered testosterone reduces libido (sex drive) and can affect the ability to develop and/or maintain an erection.

 In many cases of erectile dysfunction, sexual desire is present, but men are physically incapable of becoming erect. During sexual arousal, impulses from the brain are supposed to signal the release of nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels of the corpora cavernosa, allowing blood to flow through the cavernous arteries, filling them and creating an erection. If the nitric oxide is not released, like in cases of too much plaque in the arteries where nitric oxide is produced, it is difficult for a man to produce and maintain an erection.

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol could have a detrimental effect on testosterone. Prolactin, a chemical secreted from the brain’s pituitary gland, also plays a significant role in erectile dysfunction. High levels of prolactin can cause a significant decrease in testosterone levels. Overactive thyroid hormones, also known as hypothyroidism, stimulate the production of prolactin, thus diminishing testosterone levels. Low testosterone that leads andropause of men could also be caused by hypogonadism or testicular failure. This testicular abnormality creates an extreme testosterone deficiency, again, leading to impotence.

Liver and kidney disease can also create hormone imbalances and eventually contribute to erectile dysfunction. For example, liver disease can cause high levels of estrogen to be produced in the male body, further contributing to erectile dysfunction. Constriction of the veins, diabetes, and blood pressure medication are also leading causes of erectile dysfunction.

Quick Facts:


By age 40, approximately 40% of men report recurring ED symptoms.


By age 70, the rate of ED prevalence increases to 70%.

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Men who have erectile dysfunction can be helped with comprehensive treatments. Custom Care Pharmacy works with urologists and physicians to provide compounded medications to men who have failed treatment  for erectile dysfunction with traditional options. Each compound regimen is explicitly designed for everyone’s hormone levels, lifestyle, symptoms, and medical history. Furthermore, we work closely with patients to improve their overall quality of life and well-being. Get with your physician or urologist and ask them about your options for erectile dysfunction.

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