Given the importance a healthy sex life plays in one’s personal life, poor performance can create emotional stress, creating a vicious circle. About 80% of men with a decrease of sexual performance report an organic cause, especially a vasculogenic factor, although psychogenic reasons (depression, anxiety…) are often present.
Often times, decreased microvascular function manifests as a decrease in erectile function. While there may be other causes of decreased erectile function such as anxiety, stress, drug use and psychological state, vascular function plays a key role in erectile function.
It is well known that a healthy lifestyle is the best means of maintaining proper vascular function: no tabacco, healthy diet (reduce intake of food high in fat/sugar/salt) and sport. However, vascular function is highly correlated to age. As one ages, vascular function is often reduced.