Erectile dysfunction is caused by a mixture of psychological and physical factors. Some of the most common contributing factors include hardening of blood vessels (atherosclerosis) – caused by a buildup of “bad” cholesterol – and diabetes. But erectile dysfunction can also be a sign that STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea have damaged your body.

STIs can trigger infections in the prostate, an organ where fluid is produced that mixes with semen to create semen, and in other parts of the reproductive system.

These infections can cause poor blood flow to the genitals, according to Harvard University.

The University explained: “In the past, most cases of erectile dysfunction were thought to be psychological in origin, the result of demons such as performance anxiety or more generalized stress.

“While these factors can cause erectile dysfunction, doctors now believe that 70% of the time the problem can be attributed to a physical condition that restricts blood flow, impairs nerve function, or both.”

They are known as male accessory gland infections (MAGI) which inflame much of the reproductive tract, including the prostate and testicles.

Gonorrhea, for example, can trigger an infection called epididymitis, which is an infection that damages a pathway called the epididymis – a coiled tube at the back of the testicle. This was connected to ED.

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