Is Erectile Dysfunction Genetic?

Is Erectile Dysfunction Genetic?

By Dr. Vinayak Abad Sexology

erectile dysfunction is a male disorder that means inability to “get” or “hold” an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. In common parlance, many refer to this condition as impotence.

Some believe that ED is a particular disorder related to old age. The fact is that you can also experience this at a very young age, even if you have been following a style very healthy life – eat well, exercise, lead a stress free life, etc. You also may be tempted then associate the disease with genetics. But this thought is actually factual?

To help understand this clearly, let’s focus mostly on what could cause this disorder …


Erection ( arousal) is a process that involves the brain, hormones, muscles, blood vessels and a variety of psychological emotions. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by any of the following:

a) The blockages or narrowing of blood vessels to the penis (This may be associated with hereditary diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease)

b) a surgery or injury

c) side effects of particular drugs

d) psychological problems such as anxiety, fear or depression.

may be inherited one of the causes; but not the disorder itself.

As previously explained, although people with some inherited diseases ” are more susceptible than others to dysfunction such, but by itself, erectile dysfunction is not a genetic disorder. You can never inherit this from your genes; nor will this happen to any of its future generations.

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