What is impotence?
Impotence (or “Erectile Dysfunction”) is a widespread problem suffered by men typically characterised by a consistent, or isolated incidency of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection in order for sexual intercourse to take place or for ejaculation to occur. The best treatment for impotence can come in a few different forms, of which we will go into detail in this article.
It is a condition that can vary in severity from being an occasional issue that is able to be resolved fairly easily to an ongoing , chronic condition with the requirement of more complex intervention, and its origins can be equally diverse from the psychological to being symptomatic of a medical problem. The frequency it is likely to occur increases as a man gets older and this can be exemplified by the statistic that research suggests it is four times more likely in men in their 60s than those in their 40s.
What are the causes of impotence?
There are very many causes or aggravating factors which can cause erectile dysfunction to some degree and the extent to which the problem occurs can also vary depending on the particular health conditions of the individual, and their general fitness. Some of the medical conditions that are known to be linked to impotence include kidney failure, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure and both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Other exacerbating factors to the likelihood of a man experiencing erectile dysfunction which may more accurately be described as lifestyle issues include alcoholism, smoking, lack of exercise, and stress.
Another prominent array of causes of impotence are psychological ones which may include depression, self-consciousness, fear of under-performance and again high levels of stress brought about for example by work commitments or financial concerns. As well as medical conditions, diseases, and illnesses being fundamental underlying causes of erectile dysfunction often the medication prescribed to treat, or ameliorate those ailments can have side effects which include impotency, and antidepressants are one set of medication which are known to often have this as a side-effect.
What are the symptoms of impotence?
Erectile dysfunction or impotence is distinguished by a frequent lack of ability to obtain or sustain an erection. It is often assessed in such a way as to ascertain whether it is a medical or psychological issue for example by verifying whether an individual has the capability to gain an erection while asleep, despite the fact that whatever psychological problems may prevent this from being practicable during wakefulness. In this way a program of treatment to address the underlying causes can be appropriately administered, or the diagnosis of the particular medical condition which predisposes the problem can be made by the physician.
While it remains true that some cases of impotence are iatrogenic, it is also the case that more often than not a range of other factors be they lifestyle, general fitness, or psychological are bringing about or contributing to the issue such that an individual would be well-advised not to jump to any premature conclusions. What is fundamental to being able to address the problem in a coherent fashion is the identification of the particular symptomatology of the patient by consultation with a physician or appropriate medical practitioner.
What is the best treatment for impotence?
As was explained in the previous section the treatment of impotence is necessarily dependent on the specific or array of factors underlying the problem. In the case of lifestyle issues such as heavy drinking, smoking, lack of exercise and obesity the fundamental and theoretically simplistic regimen that would be proposed by any physician would be aimed at addressing those underlying factors both as a means to resolving the problem of erectile dysfunction and as a facilitator of improved all-round health. However there are pharmacological remedies which are routinely used by men suffering from impotence including Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis) which function by inhitibting a prime component which causes impotence, and Alprostadil (Vitaros) which is a topical cream first line treatment.
Other treatments that are occasionally prescribed in order to avoid the necessity of a medication-based intervention which in some cases can result in priapism include purpose-built vacuum pumps which facilitate the attainment of an erection, and in rarer and more extreme cases inflatable or rigid penile implants can be fitted surgically. While there is increasingly a proliferation of websites which propose a range of alternative medicinal interventions and herbal remedies, it is always advisable to ensure that appropriate treatments are obtained from a qualified medical practitioner where medication has been thoroughly tested and subjected to appropriate clinical/scientific studies.
Where can I find the best treatment for impotence?
The above treatments can be found in your local chemist (some will require a prescription), however, it is our recommendation to you to always consult with your local GP before undertaking any final treatment.
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