Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is a pathological process caused by the physical inability of the penis to reach and maintain a state of sexual arousal for the time required to perform a full act of intercourse.
There is an opinion that impotence is an age-related disease that marks the end of every intimate life. However, such a statement is fundamentally wrong, because everyone has his own reserve of possibilities taken from nature, which can be reduced under the influence of various external factors, therefore, it is possible and necessary to deal withthis problem.
Causes of impotence in men
Erection is a very difficult physical process, which is a whole chain of successive reactions one after the other. A healthy body spends less than a minute performing all the necessary algorithm. The time during which a man is able to maintain sexual tension is determined individually, taking into account the characteristics of each individual case.
The onset of erectile dysfunction in men can appear not only as an independent disease, but also as a symptom of another profound chronic pathology.
There are many negative factors that affect the course of the entire cycle as a whole and in its individual parts, necessary to keep the penis in a state of continuous erection:
- disorders and traumas of a psychological nature;
- chronic fatigue;
- various diseases that affect the reduction of sexual activity in men;
- alcohol consumption, smoking and drug use;
- inflammation and mutilation of the male genitals;
- drug side effects;
- lack of respect for the culture of natural sex and frequent use of artificial substitutes.
Psychological impotence manifests itself under the influence of constant stress and nervous instability, most often appearing in young, strong and physically healthy people. As a rule, it is temporary and disappears as suddenly as it seems.
An erection and the accompanying sexual intercourse itself require the expenditure of a great source of energy. Therefore, its absence or partial exhaustion leads to a decrease in erectile abilities.
The condition of the arterial and venous systems of the body has a direct impact on the physical structure of the male penis at the time of sexual tension and the duration of intercourse. Thus, atherosclerosis, abnormalities associated with impaired cerebral circulation, diabetes mellitus can cause problems in intimate life. But the main risk group are men with various inflammations of the genitourinary system, especially in advanced form.
Too frequent use of masturbation as a way to relieve sexual tension leads to sperm stagnation in the testicles, reducing their activity and, as a result, causing impotence.
Testosterone is a hormone that is the main natural mechanism for maintaining male health. Meanwhile, its content in the blood and the rate of production can be reduced under the influence of various endocrine disorders, failures in the functioning of liver cells, leading to a lack of material for testosterone reproduction. Disorder of fat metabolism, in the presence of excess body weight, also negatively affects hormone production.
Drug addiction, alcoholism and smoking, which serve as a source of accumulation of harmful substances and toxins, contribute to the formation of erectile dysfunction. Thus, the abuse of alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics gives a double blow to male power, reducing testosterone production and having a negative effect on the cardiovascular system of the body as a whole.
It should also be mentioned the existence of drugs that significantly reduce libido, in relation to their constituent ingredients.
Symptoms of impotence
Impotence is primary, if the erection does not appear in boys at a young age and secondary, if it weakens over time or disappears altogether.
Also distinguish between sexual, physiological, acquired and age-related impotence that develops with age.
The following symptoms may be a cause for concern:
- lack of sexual desire in a man;
- the inability of a man to achieve a continuous erection in the presence of strong psychological awakening;
- the degree of elasticity of the penis is not enough to insert it into the vagina;
- inability to perform frictional actions during the period of time required for a full sexual intercourse;
- under optimal conditions for most, a man cannot reach an orgasmic state;
- lack spontaneous erections in the morning and evening.
If at least one of the above symptoms is detected, examination by a specialist is necessary, because the sooner the disease is detected, the easier it is to cure.
Diagnostic procedures for impotence aim at identifying the causes of the disease, looking for methods to resume a full sexual life, and the cure needed for impotence.
Hormone testing helps determine the amount of production in the body of estrogen, prolactin, testosterone and LH (luteinizing hormone). Ultrasound and x-rays of the vascular system can detect circulatory disorders in the penis. The list of necessary measures also includes a visit to a psychologist and self-observation of spontaneous erections in the morning and in the evening.
Treatment of erectile dysfunction
There are two ways to treat a male disease: classic (drug treatment and vacuum stimulation), operative (surgical intervention). In the presence of mechanical damage to the vessels and arteries of the genital organ, their restoration is performed by surgery.
Selecting medications to treat impotence is not an easy task. Because before making an appointment, you need to accurately determine the cause of the disease. If it is based on negative changes in the blood vessels, then drugs to lower blood cholesterol will be used, along with a special diet. Reducing the elasticity of veins requires a different approach. In case of low testosterone levels, tablets containing this hormone are prescribed.
Inhibitors are very popular nowadays. They artificially induce an erection and are effective in rapidly increasing male potency.
Impotence associated with mental disorders and phobias requires many hours of sessions with a psychotherapist. Such patients are cured by increasing touching contacts and foreplay time, by removing internal blocks and sex therapy.
Prevention of impotence
The basis for maintaining sexual health is the normalization of lifestyle, rejection of bad habits and debauched sexual intercourse, correct intimate and moral relations with the partner, regular sexual activity. It is necessary to ban the use of sexual intercourse as the only method of contraception, and complacency as a substitute for full sexual intercourse.
Herbal preparations with high content of vitamin E, which contain rose thighs, golden roots, Chinese magnolia vine and other useful ingredients, will have a good preventive effect and strengthen intimate health.
At the same time, do not forget about regular examinations by medical specialists and if you have the slightest doubt about male consistency, consult a doctor, urologist or andrologist immediately.
Erectile dysfunction is a complex disease, so the sooner the disease is detected, the shorter the path to restoring male health will be.