Lack of awareness about diseases makes us more vulnerable to them, because we cannot take preventive measures. Those who are aware about the diseases are only exposed to common causes of these diseases. This holds true for erectile dysfunction. Most people are familiar with high blood pressure, diabetes, stress and prostate cancer as they are considered some of the major triggers for the disease.

How would you feel if the doctor tells you that you got a disease from an unexpected cause and habit that you never heard about? Before this happens to you, it is better to understand more about the factors that can cause erectile dysfunction.

Here is a list of some of the surprising habits that could lead you to erectile dysfunction.

Canned Foods

Canned and packaged foods will disturb your hormone system. Canned tomatoes and beans contain a harmful chemical known as Bisphenol-A, which is responsible for hormonal imbalance. BPA is found in hard plastic items such as water bottles. Look for BPA free label on bottles and containers for this chemical. Heating plastic could also prove to be disastrous, because the smoke contains harmful chemicals.

As such, avoid using canned and packaged food as well as plastic bottles.

Regular Bicycling

This will be a bit surprising for most people, because everyone considers cycling as a healthy activity. A study shows that men who bicycle more than thrice a week are more vulnerable to erectile dysfunction. Study also unveiled that bicycling once a week could be beneficial in preventing erectile dysfunction.


Disruptive snoring is a major symptom of sleep apnea. Breathing is regularly interrupted in this situation. Recent research connects the dots between sleep apnea and ED. Erectile dysfunction patients have a higher probability of getting sleep apnea because of low oxygen levels, which is responsible for sleep apnea.

The higher the oxygen in your blood, the longer you can sustain an erection. Moreover, sleep apnea is plays an important role in causing high blood pressure therefore leading to different heart diseases. As such, if you snore, consult your doctor before it becomes a cause for ED.


Accidents and injuries to the pelvic region from an incident could result in nerve and artery damage around the genitals. This will obstruct the blood flow to the genitals, which is a main reason behind erectile dysfunction.

The main artery that takes blood to the penis is attached to the pelvic bone. Thus, an injury to the pelvic bone could cause erectile dysfunction. As such, if you have been in a major accident, make sure you visit a doctor as soon as possible to ensure an injury in the pelvic region has not been sustained. If it has, it can be detected early.

Excessive Use of Medicine

Have you ever read the side effects mentioned on the back of the medicine? If your answer is no, then do it next time and you will be astonished to know that many commonly used medicines have various erectile issues as a side effect.

Some blood pressure medicines and anti-depressants are considered dangerous for erections. Regular use of such medicines could cause erectile dysfunction.

Some other medicines such as Desyrel (trazodone) can behave in a completely different way and cause sudden and prolonged erections. However, prolonged usage of such medicines can damage penile tissue.

Medicines that cause the dilation of blood vessels and ensure better blood flow is a much better option. As such, always read the side effects listed on the medicine packet and/or small leaflet that comes with every medicine.