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What causes ED?

Common health problems associated with ED.

Prostate Problems

The prostate is a small gland near the bladder. It is next to the nerves that are needed for erections. Prostate problems or treatments for prostate problems can affect the neighbouring nerves of the penis, leading to ED.

In one study, most men who experienced ED after prostate surgery improved their erections with sildenafil

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) occurs when the prostate gland gets bigger over time. That's why this condition is also called enlarged prostate. The symptoms of BPH can include frequent urination, trouble starting to urinate, and the feeling that your bladder is not fully empty.

BPH occurs more frequently in older men, but it is treatable. BPH can also be a warning sign for prostate cancer. Half of all men older than 50 years will experience some symptoms of enlarged prostate.

If you think you may have signs of BPH, please talk to your doctor immediately and learn more about prostate health in the prostate section of this website.

Learn about treating ED in men with prostate problems.