There are three main categories of impotence causes: physical, psychological, and lifestyle. Impotence causes men to feel anxious, inadequate, and frustrated. These feelings often lead to loss of self esteem and depression. Impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED) can often be the first sign of an underlying medical condition, such as, adult-onset Diabetes. A visit to your doctor is advisable to clear up any concerns you may have.
Other primary physical causes of ED are heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and poor blood circulation due to blocked arteries, liver and kidney diseases, hormone and thyroid disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Peyronie’s disease. Sometimes impotence can be caused by injuries as a result of bicycle riding, horseback riding or gymnastics. Sometimes, impotence can be caused by surgery of the colon, prostate, bladder or rectum which may damage nerves and blood vessels involved in erection.
Psychological factors contribute to ED often as a result of the underlying physical causes. Some medical experts believe that psychological factors contribute to only 10% to 20% of impotence causes. These factors include performance anxiety, stress, depression and anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental fatigue, psychological abuse or trauma, relationship problems, or problems with sexual identity.
Lifestyle choices are another leading cause of ED. A change to a healthier regime of diet and exercise is recommended not only for improvement of general health but to overcome the problems of impotence. Smoking (which promotes arterial narrowing), excessive consumption of alcohol, the use of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and steroids, obesity and lack of exercise are all contributing factors to impotence. Medications also contribute including; anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, tranquilizers, blood pressure drugs, appetite suppressants, antihistamines, and beta blockers.
Your doctor or pharmacist will have a complete list of drugs to avoid if you are taking one of the oral impotency pills such as Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra.
Erectile dysfunction or impotence happens to most men at one time or another, but studies indicate that erectile dysfunction is more common in older men, so it is often associated with the aging process in men. Incidence rises with age: about 5 percent of men at the age of 40 and between 15 and 25 percent of men at the age of 65 experience impotence. Yet, it is not an inevitable part of aging.
Making a diagnosis of impotence begins with taking a thorough personal and family medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical and neurological examination. It also includes performing blood and urine tests and other tests that check blood flow to the penis. These tests help diagnose the cause and/or any other conditions, such as diabetes, that may underlie impotence.
Advances in suppositories, injectable medications, implants, and Vacuum Pump Devices have expanded the options for men seeking treatment for impotence. These advances also have helped increase the number of men seeking treatment. A variety of vacuum pumps for impotence are available at Vitality Medical, a wholesale medical supply company.
Points to Remember
- Impotence is a consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
- Impotence affects 10 to 15 million American men.
- Impotence usually has a physical cause.
- Impotence is treatable in all age groups.
- Treatments include psychotherapy, drug therapy, vacuum devices, and surgery.