Can Dehydration Cause Erectile Dysfunction? (ED)
Urology Of Greater Atlanta
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is extremely common — approximately one out of every 10 men experience it at some point in their lives. In most instances, ED is a symptom of another underlying condition, such as vascular disease, a neurological disorder, or conditions such as a venous leak. 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 Metro Atlanta. Call or book an ED consultation online.
How Sexual Health is Affected by Dehydration?
The ability to get an erection and eventually reach orgasm depends a lot 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 intercourse, this makes some people think ED causes infertility.
Hydration levels are important for your overall health, including sexual health. If your body is lacking proper hydration, it will 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 enough blood flow throughout the body. The blood flow to the penis will also be affected making it more difficult 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. A reduced blood flow can make the penis less sensitive affecting your sexual desire.
How do I know if I am dehydrated?
Signs of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth
- Dark urine
Hydration can be achieved simply by drinking enough water. Instead of allowing your body to go into dehydration, try drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Increasing the levels of body water 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 then you can help prevent it by looking into other causes. It’s highly recommended to get evaluated by a board-certified urologist, such as one of the experts at Urology of Greater Atlanta, located in Metro Atlanta. Call or book an ED consultation online.