Impotence and Erectile Dysfunction Facts


Many effects are felt by couples where the man is afflicted with male impotence. Some people like to joke about sexual problems but great strain and distress is caused by this problem by many couples. The reasons for impotence can be many but there are things that can be done to help.

The term male impotence may have many connotations but is tactually means when the erection cannot be maintained long enough to initiate sexual intercourse but the correct definition is erectile dysfunction. It is also possible that an erection is not possible at all or the penis is only erect for very short periods, even erratically. In America, the condition affects anything up to fifteen million men but male impotence, no matter what age you are can normally be treated successfully.

To understand impotence, it helps to have a basic understanding of how an erection happens; the penis has a large amount of spongy tissue, through which blood vessels run, and some muscle. To achieve an erection a man requires sexual stimulation which can come in the form of physical touch or by sexual thoughts and desires which lead to nerve signals sending a message to release blood into the penis. The penis, now filled with blood becomes hard and erect; when this erection ends, muscles force the blood back out.

Any break in the signals that force the blood to enter the penis and an erection will not happen, creating male impotence. In the majority of cases, male impotence has an underlying cause because diseases like diabetes, alcoholism, and kidney disease may affect both nerve signals and blood flow.

There are also certain conditions that affect the blood vessels that can create male impotence in the same way that a procedure on any of the following areas; prostate, bladder or urethra can also cause impotence to occur. Incidents of stress, anxiety or other psychological problems can also result in erectile dysfunction.

In most instances a doctor can assess the situation and will know what has caused the condition and provide a treatment regime to cure the impotence. For many older men, the situation just requires some changes in lifestyle habits like weight loss, giving up smoking and regular physical activity.

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