Impotence is a medical term that describes a condition in which a man’s sperm is unable to travel through the semen and fertilize an egg cell. It can vary in intensity from very mild, where only a few days of impotence may be experienced, to very severe in which a man’s sex life is affected for his entire life. Some causes of impotence are low sperm count, dysfunctional or damaged sperm cells, hormonal imbalance or changes, and scar tissue, just to name a few. Impotence can occur in both males and females. Some of the more common causes of impotence are age (the older a man gets, the more likely he is to experience impotence), disease or physical condition like heart disease, neurological conditions, some medications, and infection, just to name a few. However, some men experience impotence even when they aren’t under any circumstances of illness or injury because of emotional reasons.
Impotence is commonly seen in older men who have suffered some form of emotional trauma like the loss of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, financial problems, or even abuse. The cause of this type of emotional trauma can be different for every individual man. Some men suffer from low self esteem due to these traumas and in turn develop depression. Others are simply ashamed of having to deal with such things and thus try to cover it up using either alcohol drugs, food, or any other forms of medication that helps them to mask their emotions. Still others may simply feel they don’t measure up and thus experiment with impotence as a way of covering up whatever is wrong with them in their lives.
Sometimes impotence may also be caused by other underlying medical problems, and be aware of the difference between impotence compared to ED as the two are often used interchangeably. In order to treat a man’s inability to impregnate his partner, doctors often prescribe health care products like Viagra. If the man does not respond to Viagra, other medications prescribed by the doctor to help him with impotence may be tried. However, if the doctor resorts to injections as a means of solving the man’s problem, he is likely to suffer side effects that may include painful erectile dysfunction. Thus, before choosing which treatment option to use, it is best for him to consult his physician first.
The lack of knowledge about impotence and its underlying causes makes it difficult for some men to know what the best treatments may be. Thus, once a diagnosis of impotence is made, it is better for him to seek proper treatment from a medical professional. Impotence is a condition that is often treated with medications including Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. The problem with most medications though is that they only address the symptoms of impotence and not its main cause.
The causes of impotence are believed to arise from the nervous system. A malfunction in the nervous system causes blood vessels to contract and inhibit the release of sexual hormones. These hormones, like testosterone and serotonin, trigger an involuntary response in the body when a man becomes aroused. However, the voluntary control of the body is only effective when there is sufficient amount of blood flowing through the body. The sudden restriction of blood flow due to physical trauma, such as injury or accident, can cause impediment in the brain that causes impotence.
Aside from the diseases mentioned above, impotence is also linked to aging. As people age, they tend to experience less sensations on their penis, thus making erections difficult to achieve. Thus, it is necessary for older men to seek medical attention for the treatment of impotence and its underlying causes to prevent further health problems.
Impotence refers to the inability to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse or any man or woman unable to respond to sexual stimuli with full and powerful ejaculation. Impotence can be caused due to any number of factors. A person suffering from impotence could have had a previous sex partner with whom he or she had an unsuccessful sexual experience. Impotence could also be the side effect of some medicinal or illegal drugs. Impotence can also be a side effect of certain medications like aspirin or bronchodilators. Impotence can occur due to a side effect of certain cancer drugs.
Impotence can have varying degrees depending upon the cause. Physiologically, impotence can occur due to a physical cause like low testosterone levels, congenital, hormonal disorders, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, or other endocrine disorder. Some psychosomatic factors like extreme stress, fear, depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders may lead to impotence. In most of the cases it can be treated through psychotherapy and medication. However, in some rare circumstances, surgical impotence may be required.
Impotence is known to be associated with several risk factors. Risk factors that increase the chances of impotence are unhealthy blood flow in the pelvic region, increased size of the vessels supplying blood to the genital organs and poor or inadequate blood supply to brain regions responsible for impulses to the muscles surrounding the penis. Blood vessels supplying the penis are highly vulnerable to damage because they are larger than those supplying the heart. The internal jugular veins that drain blood from the brain to the genital organs are much more fragile and easily damaged. The arteries leading to the heart are tightly protected by the brain; therefore, any damage to these arteries results in increased risk of impotence as well.
Sexual health professionals have identified several causes of impotence, and they include high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, spinal cord injury, neurological problems, and exposure to toxic chemicals like nitrates and pollutants. Impotence may also result from injuries to the pelvis, nerves, the urinary tract, the bladder or the kidneys. Impotence can also result from a hormonal disorder in older men such as osteoporosis, vasodilation, or testicular dysfunction. It can also be caused by kidney disease. Aging and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular and kidney diseases can weaken the pelvis and the nerves leading to reduced blood flow to the genitals, thus resulting in less blood flow to the penis during erections.
In addition, Impotence can also be an early symptom of heart disease, which develops suddenly without any warning symptoms. This condition is called cardiomyopathy and results from the failure or inefficient functioning of the heart muscle that supplies blood to the penis. Impotence is actually a symptom of a much larger, life-threatening disease called cardioembolic cardiomyopathy, which develops when the heart disease leads to permanent damage to the ventricle, a circular muscle found inside the chest. As a result, the blood supply to the penis is impaired and, thus, impotence develops. If left untreated, the consequences of cardioembolic cardiomyopathy are fatal.
Impotence can also be caused by injuries to the pelvic floor muscles, most commonly caused by pelvic prolapse, which refers to the visible formation on your anus of a lump similar to a tumor. Abnormal growths on the inner surface of the vagina may also lead to impotence as they can make access easier to ulcerous growths that can spread into the adjacent tissues. The most common causes of impotence are genitourinary infection (such as Chlamydia), a vaginal birth control failure, injury to the pelvis, or poor diet. Impotence due to a spinal cord injury is known as sciatica and can be very serious as it involves the cord that keeps the spinal nerve nourished. Fortunately, however, there are effective treatments available that alleviate most of the symptoms related to such an injury. However, in a few rare cases, spinal cord impotence can cause irreversible damage to the spinal cord that will impede the ability to have a normal life.