Erectile Dysfunction in men with Parkinson's Disease

Erectile dysfunction is a common problem faced by many individuals irrespective of age. There could be various reasons behind the problem of erectile dysfunction such as physical, psychological, or a side effect of some medicine, etc. Medical conditions themselves could also cause erectile dysfunction in an individual. What are the medical problems that can lead to ED (Erectile Dysfunction)?

Here are some of the physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction:

    •    Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2
    •    Hypertensive patients 
    •    Patients with metabolic syndrome
    •    Alzheimer
    •    Parkinson's disease
    •    Brain or spinal tumours
    •    Multiple sclerosis
    •    Temporal lobe epilepsy
    •    Heart disease
    •    Stroke
    •    Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
    •    High cholesterol
    •    High blood pressure
    •    Diabetes
    •    Peyronie's disease - development of scar tissue inside the penis   
These are some of the conditions that could lead to ED in an individual. 

Parkinson's disease is a neurological problem that could cause ED. ED could also be due to the medicinal side effects or psychological stress because of the changes in the body. It affects the autonomic nervous system. It acts upon the neurons present in the brain's substantia nigra, which can kill the nerve cells that produce dopamine, a chemical that helps transmit brain signals to the muscles for coordinating muscle movements. These brain signals are for sexual function as well.

Parkinson's disease impacts the ability of a person in getting or maintaining an erection. Blood circulation to the penis and pelvic muscles plays an important role in getting an erection. Parkinson's disease can aggravate the issue of ED as blood flow to the penis is an important factor. Apart from the physical issues in the body, is the emotional turmoil that leads to disruption in a person's sense of self. Psychological distress or stress, depression, etc cause ED.

There are treatments and strategies available that can help you deal with ED and improve the quality of life at the same time. Treatments for ED are many and should be opted for after consulting a good physician to get the best solution to solve your problem.

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