IMPOTENCE: CAN IT BE CURED WITHOUT DRUGS?
Impotence or erectile dysfunction was once dreaded as man's worst
nightmare. Given the advances in medicine and nutrition research,
however, it no longer has to be a scary thing. Impotence can be
treated - sometimes without drugs. Read on:
What is impotence?
Impotence is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain
an erection to perform intercourse or ejaculation.
There are two forms of impotence: primary and secondary. Men with
primary impotence have never had sufficient erection for satisfactory
intercourse. This form of impotence is rare and is often caused
by extreme psychological conditions, such as intense fear of intimacy,
extreme feelings of guilt, and severe anxiety.
Secondary impotence, defined as the loss of erectile function after
a period of normal function, is more common. Men with secondary
erection are typically able to engage in intercourse only 25% of
the time. This form of erection typically comes on gradually and
is usually more easily treated that primary impotence.
Who becomes impotent?
Although men who have reached middle age and older are
more likely to be impotent than younger men, impotence can strike
at any adult age. It is estimated to affect between 10 and 15 million
men in the United States alone.
What causes impotence?
The major cause of impotence is disease. It is estimated that
over 70% of all serious impotence cases are the result of diabetes,
kidney diseases, multiple sclerosis, endocrine disorders, vascular
diseases and high blood pressure, as well as neurological diseases.
It is estimated that between 50% and 60% of diabetic men are impotent.
Here, it's important to realize that impotence may be a symptom
of a more serious problem with your health - so if you're impotent,
don't be ashamed of seeking professional medical help.
Prescribed drugs used to treat high blood pressure, ulcer, depression,
prostate cancer, as well as drugs to prevent baldness or to aid
dieting, can have side effects that include impotence. In this case,
the impotence lasts as long as you are taking the drugs.
Surgery on the spinal cord, prostate, bladder, or pelvis can lead
to impotence by damaging essential nerves, tissues, muscles, or
Cigarette smoking, alcohol and narcotics use
One of the most underestimated causes of impotence is actually cigarette
smoking (as if you need yet another reason to quit ...) It is ironic
that even though cigarette smoking long has the projected aura of
coolness or sexiness, in reality it is anything but.
The same goes for alcohol and narcotics such as heroine and cocaine
(almost 100% of men who use cocaine regularly are impotent). If
you use these recreational drugs, however, you have bigger health
problems than just impotence ...
As testosterone and other male sex hormone levels start to
drop after reaching middle age, it is thought that low testosterone
level is the culprit of most intermittent impotence problem, especially
in older men. Furthermore, studies have shown that lack of testosterone
leads to a range of other sexual performance problems, including
premature ejaculation and low sex drive.
It is estimated that about 10 to 20% of impotence cases are the
direct result of some sort of psychological factors, such as low
self-esteem, depression, and especially stress and anxiety (general
and performance anxieties). Here, all the plumbings are A-OK, yet
the otherwise healthy man is unable to achieve an erection.
The man's comfort level is also often a factor, especially in maintaining
an erection. Boredom, marital problems, or negative feelings against
his partner may contribute toward an impotence problem.
Impotence caused by psychological factors is often temporary: it
lasts as long as the underlying factor is still there. If you suspect
this may be the cause, you can perform a simple test to see if impotence
is just in your mind ...
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