When people ask me about impotence, to be more direct, when they ask me what impotence is, I always tell them that it’s a man’s biggest fear. That definition is all it takes for you to realize how dangerous and frightening impotence is to a man.
What is Male Impotence?
The real definition of impotence is the following: Impotence is the inability of a penis to sustain or even achieve a normal erection suitable for sex. In a way, that is a form of erectile dysfunction, shortly called ED.
With that being said, now you definitely know why impotence is a man’s worst nightmare. You see, impotence doesn’t only affect older people as many may think. No! Impotence is also a very common problem even in younger men. To be exact, impotence occurs in 10%-52% of men.
The chaos that impotence can make to a man is really bizarre. It affects almost every aspect of their lives, not just sexual but it all starts there. People who are suffering from this terrible disease usually just shut down.
When they notice it is a problem, sex itself becomes a traumatic experience. Then worry comes into play and from that point on the whole ship is sinking.
You see, the problem starts from a physical point, and then transfers to a mental point. By affecting your mental health this problem becomes a true killer.
Then the “domino effect” (as I like to call it) occurs and who knows what other diseases might come across your way. That’s why it is important to recognize what’s happening, calm down, act fast, and solve the problem (or prevent it from happening in the first place).
Luckily for you, this article will be going through everything you need to know about impotence. You may also receive a certificate – Expert for impotence – when you finish reading.
All jokes aside, let’s begin.
What are the Causes of Impotence?
The first thing people want to know about a certain disease is the causes. And that is actually pretty great! If you know the causes, you will know what you should or shouldn’t do in order to avoid that certain disease.
Well, based on this thorough medical research talking about impotence, we can see that the causes are divided into certain groups. Let’s check all of them.
It is pretty obvious from the name what it’s all about. The vascular group contains the following causes:
- Pelvic trauma
Atherosclerosis is a disease that affects arteries. Basically, what atherosclerosis does is that it creates plaques which then build up in arteries themselves. The plaques are contained out of fat, cholesterol, calcium and basically all other substances that can be found in the blood. They prevent normal blood flow.
Pelvic Trauma is a problem focused on, of course, the pelvis. Bone fractures in that area are considered pelvic trauma. When it comes to older people, one of the most common causes for pelvic trauma is a fall, as their bones are weaker. The most dangerous fractures that lead to pelvic trauma are the ones that occurred by a strong force (car crash etc.).
Fibrosis is the creation of the fibrous connective tissue in your organs. It can occur when excessive scar tissue builds up way faster than it breaks down.
Radiation can be looked at like transfer of energy.
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Postoperative nerve damage
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that targets the brain and the whole spinal cord. It is very dangerous and disabling. Multiple sclerosis severs the connection between certain body parts and the nerves that go to the brain. This prevents them from communicating which can leave terrible consequences.
Spinal Cord Injury is damage to the cord that causes it to change and prevent its normal functions. This leads to changes in muscle functions, therefore, less mobility or immobility.
Neuropathy is nerve damage. It may cause weakness, pain, numbness. Most often the pain is felt in the hands and feet.
Diabetes is a very common disease nowadays. It is a disease that indicates that your glucose and sugar levels in your blood are too high.
The rest of the list is pretty much clear.
- Thyroid disease
- Systematic disease
- Hypogonadism (both primary and secondary)
Thyroid Disease occurs when the thyroid gland is either over-functioning or under-functioning. Thyroid gland is important because of the hormones it produces. Those hormones are the ones that make our metabolism.
Systematic Diseases are diseases that affect the whole body. For an example, a flue can be a systematic disease, as well as high blood pressure.
Hypogonadism is a disease which means that the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone levels (or produces too much).
- Peyronie’s disease
Peyronie’s Disease represents the formation of the fibrous scar inside of the penis itself. This leads to a painful erection.
Phimosis is a disease which indicates that the skin coming from the penis cannot be retracted. This is solved by surgery (it is a routine nowadays so you shouldn’t worry).
Well, according to this medical research, those were all the causes that lead to male impotence.
As you can see the list of causes for male impotence is huge. This is also an indicator of how dangerous this disease really is.
Now that you know what leads to impotence it should be a little bit easier for you to understand how to avoid it, just based on the knowledge we have gathered so far.
Now, let’s check what happens if a man already gets affected by impotence. The next part of this article will be talking about symptoms of impotence.
What are the Symptoms of Male Impotence?
It is of incredible importance that you notice these symptoms as soon as possible. The best possible solution is that you notice these changes right away. So, let’s see what people may experience if they are impotent.
- Having a hard time getting and sustaining an erection
- Having difficulty maintaining an erection during sex (or getting one in the first place)
- Low libido – low sexual desire
- Low energy
All of these symptoms indicate one thing – impotence. Please note that having some of these don’t necessarily have to mean that you are impotent. Don’t diagnose yourself right away! If you notice some of these symptoms, calm down and go to your doctor. It is his job to figure out what is happening inside of your body.
Well, since I have mentioned diagnosis, it is only fair that we talk about that next. Let’s check the diagnosis part.
What Tests will the Doctors put You through before they give their Diagnosis?
Okay, after you have noticed some changes the first thing you should do, like I have already said, is going to your doctor. Tell him/her everything you have noticed and everything about how you feel and when it happens. No details should be avoided. Remember, there is nothing to be ashamed of!
Then, the doctor would need to check if he suspects of impotence. It can’t be diagnosed based on thin air. So, this is what he/she will have you do.
Don’t worry; your doctor won’t have you run ten laps. This isn’t that type of test.
What physical test means is that your doctor will check your penis and your testicles. His job is to check if your penis and testicles look normal and if nerves that are located on them work as they should.
Besides from that, the doctor may also want to check your breasts and if you have potentially lost hair. All of this means that something is wrong with your hormones.
Also, checking your heart rate, blood pressure and listening to your heartbeat are all normal parts of the physical tests. He will note everything he finds.
Urine and Blood Sample Test
This test isn’t always needed but it is recommended. Doctors usually give it based on your physical test results and based on your medical history. So, when they take those things into consideration, they might (or might not but should) ask you to give a blood and urine sample.
These samples will be tested for everything that we have previously mentioned, such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Problems related to hormones
All of the results are noted as well.
The Erection Test
This test is done overnight. That’s the reason why they usually call it the “overnight erection test”.
Basically, what you will need to do is, well, sleep! A doctor will give you a device that you will put on your penis before you go to sleep. This device will measure the number of erections you have had overnight and also show you how strong they were.
It is normal for men to have overnight erections. The number of overnight erections in healthy men are usually somewhere between 3 and 6.
A simpler version of this test is the following. The doctor may give you a plastic ring instead of the device. You will put also put it around your penis. Basically, if you get an erection it will cause the plastic ring to break. That will indicate you that you had an erection.
If the results from the overnight erection test shows that you have had a normal amount of erections, this will indicate that your impotence (erectile dysfunction) is caused by emotions or mental issues.
The Injection Test
The injection test is just that – an injection. Basically, the doctor will give you an injection to your penis. He will put a substance into your bloodstream. That substance is developed for giving erections.
So, if you don’t get an erection from the injection, that might be the indication that something is wrong with your blood flow in the penis.
The Ultrasound Test
The ultrasound test also has another name – Doppler. The ultrasound test will check your blood flow of the penis.
A doctor will take a device and put it close to your penis. This will create a video which will show your penis’ blood vessels. This test should be done with the injection test.
The Mental Health Test
The final test that your doctor might put you through is the mental test. He will have you talk to a psychiatrist. His job will be to check for any signs of depression, anxiety, stress etc.
If you have a sex partner the doctor might ask you questions about her also. What I want to say is that you should be prepared for personal questions.
And when it comes to testing, this is all that you can undergo. Of course, your doctor maybe won’t need to put you through all of this; maybe he will find enough evidence in the first or first few tests, but one thing is for sure, if you do all the tests you would have all the answers.
After you test what the doctor has ordered, he will have all that he needs for diagnosing and pretty sure you will know what you are dealing with and what you should do.
Well, we have come to that point of the article where we will be talking about what you should do. Of course, you will be doing what doctor prescribes, but let’s check the possibilities as well as natural remedies.
How is Impotence Treated? Can You do Something about it?
Long story short, the treatment depends on the type you are diagnosed with. Maybe you will only have to take certain medication. Maybe you will have to visit a psychiatrist twice a week. Maybe you will have to use different treatments all together. Maybe the only thing you need to do is change your lifestyle. And you get the point. It depends.
Now let’s check the longer version of the story. These are all possibilities for impotence treatment.
Let’s start with natural remedies.
Natural Remedies as a Way of Treating Impotence
For natural remedies, as well for any type of medication, there is one thing for sure: don’t trust and try everything you heard about. Trust what your doctor has prescribed you with, and if you want to try herb you have heard of, ask your doctor first.
These natural remedies that I have put in the article, are 100% proven, which we can also see in this medical research.
- Asparagus racemosus
Medication as a Way of Treating Impotence
When it comes to medication in general, the ones I will mention here are tested and regularly used. There is a huge possibility your doctor will prescribe you with something from this list.
All of them stimulate blood flow through your penis. That is exactly how erections occur; by stronger blood flow.
- Sildenafil (also known as Viagra)
Psychotherapy as a Way of Treating Impotence
Like I have said, there is also a possibility that your impotence may be coming from a psychological factor. Maybe something happened to you, you experienced something or simply you have been stressed for a long period of time.
Either way, you will have to visit the psychiatrist.
What you will have to do here is, well, just talk to your therapist. You will have sessions (they will decide how much based on your condition).
What is important here is that you don’t shy away and hold some information to yourself. You must be absolutely open to your therapist and consider him/her as a friend. That is the only way your therapist might get to you.
The therapist will be asking you about how you feel during or right before sex and similar questions.
Changes in Your Lifestyle as a Way of Treating Impotence
- You will be asked to quit or avoid smoking and alcohol as much as you can.
- You will be asked to exercise as much as you can and make it a habit.
- You will be asked to eat clean and undergo a diet.
- You will be asked to maintain a certain weight that will suit you best.
- You will be asked to reduce stress.
All of these points will relate to your blood flow, and I have already talked about the importance of blood flow.
Some Alternative Methods as a Way of Treating Impotence
For an example, you might want to undergo the following:
- Acupuncture – This research indicates that acupuncture is an effective way of treating impotence (psychological impotence has more success than other types)
- Prostatic massages – There aren’t many studies about this, but there are records that indicate that prostatic massages may help with impotence. Basically, masseurs will massage the genital area in order to stimulate blood flow.
This would be about it when it comes to the treatment of impotence. Now, let’s see if these treatments have a back side to it. Are there any side-effects?!
Can Some Complications Occur while Undergoing Impotence Treatment?
Unfortunately, yes! Of course, everything can be lethal if you don’t know how much and when to use it, that’s why doctors are for. So, doctors will give you all information, and in that information, you will know your restrictions, so follow them.
However, here is what can happen.
If you are taking Viagra or something similar that falls under the name of phosphodiesterase inhibitors, you might need to know the side-effects of them.
Of course it goes without saying that people who are allergic to certain nutrients of the pills they are taking (whatever they might be), shouldn’t be taking them at all. But again, your doctor will warn you and point you to the right direction.
Side-effects that might occur while taking these medications:
- Hearing problems
- Vision problems
- Nasal congestion
When it comes to impotence in general, if it isn’t treated the condition will worsen and cause many other diseases that may complicate your life even more.
If you don’t treat your impotence you will experience:
- Relationship breakdowns
- Low self-esteem
- Other diseases
How Can You Prevent Impotence from Happening in the First Place?
Well, the answers are already in this article. Know what causes it, try and prevent that.
You will have to change your lifestyle and avoid things that I have already mentioned in the article. You will have to manage your stress; yoga can be quite helpful with this. That would basically be it.
What are Your Odds – Outlook?
Like you could see by everything I have mentioned here, impotence is a pretty dangerous disease to work with. It can change your life and turn it upside down. Can you win?
Of course you can! I wouldn’t be writing all of this if there was no chance you could win. What’s important though is that you recognize your problem as soon as possible (and this doesn’t go just for impotence but for every other problem in your life and act accordingly.
If the case starts getting worse, visiting a doctor is absolutely a must! This article showed you different scenarios, possibilities, treatments and literally everything you need to know that will, hopefully, get you prepared for what is coming.
Don’t be afraid and embrace your problem. That is the only way you can beat it. You must also realize that you are not alone. Impotence is a pretty common problem in men and it definitely doesn’t just affect the elderly ones.
Focus on what is ahead. This article has prepared you for it; I’m sure of it!
And with those words, I would like to bring this article to an end. Until next time!