Impotence is the difficulty or inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is hard enough to complete sexual intercourse or sexual activity.
It is estimated that approximately 1 in 3 British men suffer with this condition.
This problem can occur at any age but becomes more common with increasing age, and it is stated that 70% of men over 70 years of age suffer with this problem.
The causes of the condition can be divided into 2 main groups:-
- Narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the penis with blood. This could be caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or smoking.
- Damage to the nerves supplying the penis due to disease condition including Stroke, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, following operation on the prostate, radiotherapy treatment, pelvic fracture, spinal injury and diabetes.
- Excess use of alcohol and drugs.
- Side effects of certain medications including anti-depressants, beta blockers including atenolol, propranolol, certain diuretic tablets and cimetidine.
- Hormonal deficiency – low testosterone levels (may be caused by head injury that results in damage to the pituitary gland which is responsible for stimulating the testis to produce the testosterone).
- Generalised anxiety.
- Stress at work or at home.
- Relationship problems.
In some cases Erectile Dysfunction (ED) may improve without treatment. However persistent ED can be the result of serious underlying medical condition that needs investigating and treating.
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