How much of erectile dysfunction is biological and how much of it is psychological?

Erectile dysfunction, sometimes known as impotence, is attributed to physical causes in up to 85% of cases. Medical conditions linked to erectile concerns include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, neurological disease, and other health conditions. Research has shown that psychological causes of erectile dysfunction occur in up to 15% of cases. They include anxiety, depression, stress, and problems in relationships.

Is popping Viagra the only solution to ED?

Viagra is one of the most common medical treatments for erectile dysfunction. However it may not be appropriate for men with certain health conditions, such as severe heart disease, heart failure, history of stroke, or uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes.

What else would you recommend and why?

The alternative treatments available for erectile dysfunction include oral medications, injections, mechanical devices, surgery, and psychotherapy. Any sexual dysfunction does have psychological and emotional impact. I would recommend that clients find a trained sexologist to discuss their condition as it can alleviate anxiety and stress. By processing feelings and being in a better state of mind, clients will be able to make better decisions about their sexual health.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Martha Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. For more, visit or email