The term impotence is used when a man is unable to achieve and maintain an erection until he ejaculates.
When the flow of blood to the penis is restricted, it prevents an erection from occurring. Most men have experienced an occasional bout of impotence, this is completely normal.
Impotence can be caused by a number of physical and psychological conditions and factors. Over half of all impotence episodes are caused by psychological problems.
When impotence occurs frequently, it may cause a man to question his masculinity and to feel inadequate. Frustration, embarrassment and questions about virility are as common as the condition itself. Many men are afraid of discussing the issue and miss the support they need.
PHYSICAL CAUSES OF IMPOTENCE
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Prostate Cancer Surgery
- Damage to the Spinal Cord
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Hormone Disorders
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Tobacco Use
- Some Prescription Medicines
- Use of Illegal Drugs
PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES OF IMPOTENCE
- anxiety about sexual performance
- a poor relationship with a sexual partner
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
If impotence becomes a chronic problem, see your doctor for treatment. After interviewing and examining you, your doctor will determine if your impotence is being caused by physical or psychological factors and will then recommend a method of treatment.
TREATMENT METHODS FOR IMPOTENCE
- adjustment of prescription medications taken for other medical conditions such as high blood pressure
- pelvic muscle exercises (commonly referred to as Kegel exercises)
- injection therapy (Drugs are injected into the erectile tissue of the penis to increase blood flow so an erection can occur.)
- hormone therapy
- vacuum devices (The penis is inserted into an airtight cylinder and a vacuum is then created. The vacuum causes blood to flow to the penis and an erection results.)
- penile implants