Blood Pressure & Erectile Dysfunction (ED) | menMD

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is when your blood pressure, the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Healthy blood pressure in adults is a reading below 120 systolic or 80 diastolic. Blood pressure between 120/80 to 140/90 is normal. But if it’s on the higher end, it may also be a sign of pre-hypertension.


How does it cause ED?

According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, 15% of men on treatment for high blood pressure have complete ED. High blood pressure can cause your blood vessels to become stiff and narrow throughout the body, including the penis. It can also decrease the response your blood vessels have to signals your body produces telling them to open wider or dilate. This ultimately causes decreased blood flow to the penis which can lead to erectile dysfunction. Medications commonly used to treat high blood pressure can also lead to erectile dysfunction.

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