Impotence Causes

Various physical and psychological factors cause impotence, a common condition experienced by many men.

Impotence is when a man can't achieve or maintain an erection. Another common name for impotence is Erectile Dysfunction. It is a common sexual problem among men, and most will experience it as some time in their lives. Many things can lead to impotence, and the causes vary.

Impotence develops because of psychological or physical problems. Or it could be a combination of the two. A psychological cause may be temporary, but is usually the leading cause of impotence in men under the age of 35.

Some common psychological reasons for impotence are:

Stress - this is a leading cause of impotence among men. Stress is a part of most people's lives, but too much will have a detrimental effect on a person's health. The stress can be work related, financial, or any other number of reasons. Times of high stress sometimes lead to a loss of sexual appetite or the ability to maintain an erection. A reduction in stress often eliminates impotence.

Depression - this is also a common cause of impotence. However, it's often difficult for doctors to tell if the depression caused the impotence or if the impotence caused the depression. It's difficult to treat impotence when the cause isn't clearly determined. Depression also suppresses happiness, which leads to a loss of libido and desire for sex.

Unresolved sexual attraction - some men may be dealing with homosexual feelings, and be unable to perform with a woman.

Boredom - in order to achieve an erection, a man must be aroused. Boredom in the bedroom can lead to a man being unable to perform sexually.

In elderly men impotence is often caused by physical problems. The good news is that a physical problem is more easily diagnosed and treated than one that's psychological.

Some common physical reasons for impotence are:

Diabetes - men with diabetes often suffer from impotence. The problem may be temporary or ongoing. The link between diabetes and impotence isn't entirely clear. It's believed that hardened arteries may restrict the flow of blood to the penis. Nerve damage is also believed to be a factor. Both of these conditions (hardened arteries and nerve damage) are common among people with diabetes.

Age - as men get older, they sometimes experience changes in blood circulation. There must be sufficient blood flow to the penis in order to achieve an erection. Low testosterone levels can also lead to impotence.

High Blood Pressure - some commonly prescribed high-blood pressure medications cause impotence. It's been reported that some men refuse to take blood pressure medicine because they fear being impotent.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - this is a disease of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). These must work correctly for a man to achieve sexual arousal or an erection. Not all men with MS suffer from impotence, but it does occur in large numbers among MS patients.

Smoking and Drinking - excessive smoking and drinking harm the body. Smoking is known to cause damage to the blood vessels which in turn can lead to impotence. And of course, drinking impairs bodily functions as well.

Some men feel ashamed of being impotent, and fail to seek help. This only makes the problem worse. Impotence is usually a curable condition. If you're suffering from impotence, seek help from a doctor.

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