Can Dehydration Cause Erectile Dysfunction? (ED)
Urology Of Greater Atlanta
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is extremely common — approximately 1 out of every 10 men experience it at some point. In most instances, ED is a symptom of another underlying condition, such as vascular disease, a neurological disorder, or another condition, such as a venous leak.
How is sexual health affected by dehydration? This article will answer that question.
Sustained ED at any age isn’t normal and should be evaluated by a board-certified urologist, such as one of the experts at Urology of Greater Atlanta, located in one of our many locations throughout Georgia. Treating erectile dysfunction is easier than you might think. Call us today or book an ED consultation online!
About Dehydration and Erectile Dysfunction
The ability to get an erection and eventually reach orgasm depends greatly on the body’s system working together properly. Erectile function is dependent on the sensitivity of the nerves around the penis and the blood that pumps through the body.
If one system in the body isn’t working properly, then erectile dysfunction is possible. This can make it difficult or impossible to have sexual intercourse, making some people think ED can cause infertility.
Hydration levels are important for your overall health, including sexual health. If your body lacks proper hydration, you may experience side effects and complications. Some of these can lead to ED.
The greater the volume of blood cells and plasma in your body, the more efficiently it will flow through your veins and arteries. Dehydration can result in sexual dysfunction because a low volume of red blood cells and plasma prevents the corpus cavernosum (chambers inside the penis) from getting enough oxygen and nutrient-rich blood necessary to maintain an erection.
When fluid levels in your body fall, your body will start to create the enzyme angiotensin. Angiotensin causes blood vessels to tighten. Your blood pressure will then increase, preventing adequate blood flow throughout the body. The blood flow to the penis will also be affected, making it more challenging to get an erection.
Increased blood pressure can affect your sex drive. Sustained levels of high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels and arteries. They become harder and narrower, reducing the blood flow permanently. Reduced blood flow can make the penis less sensitive, thus affecting your sexual desire.
How Do I Know if I am Dehydrated?
There are certain signs to look out for that can indicate that you are dehydrated. These signs of dehydration may include:
- Dry mouth
- Dark urine
Hydration can be achieved simply by drinking enough water. Instead of letting your body go into dehydration, try drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Increasing body water levels may just be what you need to help you overcome any temporary ED and improve your sex life.
When Drinking Water Doesn’t Help
If your ED has become a chronic problem, you can help prevent it by looking into other causes. Other conditions that could be causing erectile dysfunction include the following:
- Low hormone levels
- Prostate cancer
- Neurological disease
- Heart disease
- Certain medications
- Venous leak
Seeking Help for Erectile Dysfunction
If you are dealing with erectile dysfunction, it’s highly recommended that you get evaluated by a board-certified urologist, such as one of the experts at Urology of Greater Atlanta, located in the Georgia area.
With a few lifestyle modifications, you may be able to improve the symptoms of ED. These can include getting regular exercise and sufficient sleep each night, while cutting back or eliminating alcohol and tobacco use to promote better blood flow to the penis. Healthy lifestyle choices can also help optimize your testosterone production.
The team at Urology of Greater Atlanta offers customized treatment plans to address the specific cause of your erectile dysfunction. Our specialists may also recommend treatment for underlying health issues that can interfere with your erection, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. We can collaborate with your primary care provider to ensure consistent treatment.
The treatments our urologists can provide for ED may include the following:
- Intraurethral suppository therapy
- Penile injections
- Vacuum erection device
- Penile implants