Impotence medically known as erectile dysfunction is a condition where a man’s ability to achieve or maintain an erection or ability to achieve ejaculation is consistently impaired. Occasionally, stress, fatigue or relationship problems can make a man temporarily impotent; however if this continues for a longer period consistently, then it can be concluded that the man is suffering from impotence.
Impotence is more common than most people think but because it is under-reported, it is thought that very few men struggle with the condition. There are several factors that could be responsible for or contribute to impotence. These factors can be categorized as either physical or psychological.
Impotence can be a devastating experience for men; if not properly managed, it can significantly affect quality of life. It creates a significant amount of stress for a man and his partner; it can lead to depression and low self-image and esteem.
These are some important facts about impotence you should find helpful:
- The risk of impotence increases with age
- A man suffering from impotence may be able to achieve and maintain full erections and also ejaculate while masturbating or when sleeping but would be unable to maintain an erection during intercourse
- Taking certain medications or substances can affect blood flow thereby leading to impotence. Some of these include cocaine; cancer drugs; central nervous depressants like Valium and codeine; and diuretics (drugs that increase the amount of water and salt expelled from the body)
- Emotional problems like depression and anxiety, especially performance anxiety could cause impotence. Fatigue could also temporarily cause impotence
- Abuse of alcohol increases the risk of impotence in men
- Problems that affect the heart and its ability to pump blood can cause impotence. A man cannot achieve an erection if enough blood does not flow to his penis
Most men and their partners find impotence embarrassing and more often than not, men choose to suffer in silence when help is available. Impotence is a treatable condition; there are several treatment options for the condition.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from the condition, it is important that you see your doctor. Impotence sometimes can be an indication of an underlying serious medical problem; therefore a visit to the hospital is necessary.