Otras causas posibles son el tabaquismo y el consumo excesivo de bebidas alcohólicas y el consumo excesivo de la marihuana, que afectan el flujo sanguíneo en las venas y en las arterias, y anormalidades en las hormonas, como, por ejemplo, una cantidad insuficiente de testosterona. El incremento de prolactina que pueden producir algunos fármacos, como los ansiolíticos y antipsicóticos (risperidona, olanzapina, haloperidol), puede provocar también disfunción eréctil. Las causas hormonales suelen afectar también la libido.[cita requerida]
La incapacidad de experimentar o mantener una erección al despertarse por la mañana se considera un indicador de impotencia de causa física, en contraposición con la de tipo psicológico. La impotencia que persiste más de 3 meses y que no sea debida a un suceso estresante evidente, a drogas, a alcohol o a afecciones médicas transitorias que causan DE, señala la necesidad de recibir atención médica por un urólogo.
Penile erection is managed by two mechanisms: the reflex erection, which is achieved by directly touching the penile shaft, and the psychogenic erection, which is achieved by erotic or emotional stimuli. The former uses the peripheral nerves and the lower parts of the spinal cord, whereas the latter uses the limbic system of the brain. In both cases, an intact neural system is required for a successful and complete erection. Stimulation of the penile shaft by the nervous system leads to the secretion of nitric oxide (NO), which causes the relaxation of smooth muscles of corpora cavernosa (the main erectile tissue of penis), and subsequently penile erection. Additionally, adequate levels of testosterone (produced by the testes) and an intact pituitary gland are required for the development of a healthy erectile system. As can be understood from the mechanisms of a normal erection, impotence may develop due to hormonal deficiency, disorders of the neural system, lack of adequate penile blood supply or psychological problems.[17] Spinal cord injury causes sexual dysfunction including ED. Restriction of blood flow can arise from impaired endothelial function due to the usual causes associated with coronary artery disease, but can also be caused by prolonged exposure to bright light.
Penile erection is managed by two mechanisms: the reflex erection, which is achieved by directly touching the penile shaft, and the psychogenic erection, which is achieved by erotic or emotional stimuli. The former uses the peripheral nerves and the lower parts of the spinal cord, whereas the latter uses the limbic system of the brain. In both cases, an intact neural system is required for a successful and complete erection. Stimulation of the penile shaft by the nervous system leads to the secretion of nitric oxide (NO), which causes the relaxation of smooth muscles of corpora cavernosa (the main erectile tissue of penis), and subsequently penile erection. Additionally, adequate levels of testosterone (produced by the testes) and an intact pituitary gland are required for the development of a healthy erectile system. As can be understood from the mechanisms of a normal erection, impotence may develop due to hormonal deficiency, disorders of the neural system, lack of adequate penile blood supply or psychological problems.[17] Spinal cord injury causes sexual dysfunction including ED. Restriction of blood flow can arise from impaired endothelial function due to the usual causes associated with coronary artery disease, but can also be caused by prolonged exposure to bright light.

El doctor Benítez insiste en la importancia de detectar cualquier problema relacionado con la erección, pues en muchos casos suele ser el primer indicio de enfermedades más importantes que pueden estar afectando a la salud del hombre. Por ello, es fundamental ponerse en manos de un experto en salud sexual masculina que estudie el origen e indique el tratamiento a seguir, en el que se indicarán fármacos y también se podrá llevar a cabo la terapia de ondas de choque. Además, será necesario instaurar una serie de hábitos saludables que impliquen modificaciones en la dieta y el abandono de tóxicos.
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