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Basic Information About Impotence

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  1. Egyptian Doctor

    Egyptian Doctor Moderator Verified Doctor

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    What is impotence?

    Impotence is now more commonly known as erectile dysfunction (ED), or
    sometimes erection difficulties. Men find they're unable to achieve or sustain
    an erection adequate for sexual intercourse.

    Symptoms of impotence

    A man may find that he is unable to achieve an erection at all, or that he
    cannot sustain one that is hard enough or lasts long enough for sexual
    intercourse. Men with ED may feel angry or guilty, and become depressed. Many
    lose interest in sex and relationships often suffer.

    Causes of impotence

    It's thought that 70 per cent of cases have physical causes and 30 per cent
    psychological causes. However, often there are both physical and psychological
    reasons for the condition.

    Most men experience occasions at some time in their lives, when they cannot
    achieve or sustain an erection, as a result of fatigue, stress or excessive
    alcohol consumption.

    Among younger men, ED is often caused by anxiety – just about having sex,
    pleasing their partner or getting her pregnant. In middle age stress, overwork
    and tiredness often play a part.

    Among older men, physical causes become more common. These include diabetes, thyroid or kidney problems, high blood
    pressure, damage to nerves or blood vessels, pelvic surgery or trauma, heavy
    smoking and the side-effects of medication.

    However, one of the commonest causes is atherosclerosis – damage to the small
    blood vessels which control blood supply to the penis. In fact researchers have
    warned that erectile dysfunction may be an early warning of widespread
    atherosclerosis which could lead within a couple of years to a heart attack.
    Psychological problems may also be relevant in ED, and include depression, and
    sexual or relationship worries.

    Treatments for impotence

    Treatment depends on the underlying cause. The first step is to talk to
    someone who understands the problem, such as your GP or a properly qualified
    specialist. They will help to check for physical causes, advise on treatments
    and refer you on to a suitable therapist if appropriate. It may also help to
    talk to your partner about the problem, and sexual counselling may be an option.

    In the past decade oral new medicines (tablets) that help a man to achieve an
    erection have radically improved the treatment of ED. These drugs work for the
    majority of men affected, whatever the cause.

    But they don’t help or suit everyone and can cause important side effects. So
    other treatments still have a place – these include mechanical aids such as
    vacuum pumps or penile implants, and medicines such as intra-urethral pellet
    therapy and injections into the penis. Your doctor should be able to help you
    find a treatment that will work for you.

    To reduce your risk of ED, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol, eat
    healthily, take regular exercise, and make sure you relax and get plenty of

    Source : BBC Health

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  2. Nemanja P

    Nemanja P Moderator

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    I hope it will never happen to me xD thanks for posting

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