Causes of Impotence

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.

Impotence Supplies

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.



3 responses to “Causes of Impotence

  1. Gaining and maintaining an erection requires the occurrence of a specific sequence of events. An erection is regulated by hormones and nerves which allow increased blood flow into and storage of blood within the penis, leading to an increase in pressure and the development of rigidity. Impotence problems occur when the events leading to this outcome is disrupted. These disruptions can come about because of:

    Physical Damage: The most common of the causes of impotence are due to damage to arteries, smooth muscles, and fibrous tissues, most often from injury and disease.
    Disease: Approximately 70% of the causes of impotence are brought about by diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, chronic alcoholism, multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis and vascular disease.
    Medication: The side effects of certain medications including antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs, tranquilizers, appetite suppressants and medications for ulcers can also be classified as causes of impotence.
    Stress & Psychological Factors: Some causes of impotence may be attributed to psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem, and fear of sexual failure.
    Other causes of impotence: Smoking and diet can be other likely causes of impotence as they can affects blood flow in veins and arteries. Hormonal abnormalities from insufficient testosterone levels can also be a cause of impotence.

  2. Stress can be one of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction. You may be worried about work, or issues at home. The best thing to do to try and cure stress is to take a day for yourself – no work, no family, just you. Do what you want to do. If, after you’ve destressed you still have Erectile Dysfunction then there are medications available, like Kamagra, to help you. You’re not alone.

  3. Alot of men are too embarrased to go to the doctor about it. It’s their manhood and pride that are being affected and speaking to their doctor about it will feel to them like the worst thing in the world. What they don’t realise is their doctor is professional and probably sees dozens of ED cases a week. It’s just another day for him. He’s not going to judge you, or embarrass you. He’s there to help you.

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