- 1 Male genital tract impotence
- 1.1 What is sexual impotence?
- 1.2 How does an erection occur?
- 1.3 Who is affected by impotence?
- 1.4 Causes of impotence or erectile dysfunction
- 1.5 Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction
- 1.6 Physical causes of erectile dysfunction
- 1.7 Other causes of impotence
- 1.8 Symptoms of sexual impotence
- 1.9 Diagnosis and treatment for sexual impotence
Male genital tract impotence
What is sexual impotence?
The absence of an erection, known as sexual impotence or erectile dysfunction, is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain a firm erection that allows a satisfactory sexual relationship.
How does an erection occur?
The erection of the penis is produced, generally by sexual excitement, when blood fills the corpora cavernosa, resulting in a lengthening and hardening of the penis.
Problems of lack of erection or impotence can prevent penetration into the vagina and the subsequent ejaculation of semen inside it, which can cause infertility.
Who is affected by impotence?
Impotence is a problem that can affect all men at some point in their lives, especially when they are tired, stressed, have abused alcohol or have some systemic disease (high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, etc.). With age, its frequency increases.
Causes of impotence or erectile dysfunction
The causes of erectile dysfunction can be divided mainly into two groups:
- Psychological: stress or conflicts with the environment can cause sexual arousal problems.
- Physical: Any problem that affects the nerves, veins, or tissues of the penis can prevent an erection, causing impotence. A clear case is advanced diabetes, in which nerves and blood vessels are damaged.
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction
The psychological causes are the most abundant and affect 90% of men at some point in their lives. The socially accepted obligation that a man has to “perform a good role in bed” can generate emotional tension that, in some cases, ends up causing impotence.
Other personal causes, such as the shame of showing the body naturally, social or religious obstacles, or the lack of communication in the couple, could influence.
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction
Traumatic injuries to the nerves of the penis, the corpora cavernosa, or the arteries, as well as certain operations of areas near the penis, such as prostate or bladder operations in the event that the nerves are damaged, could also cause dysfunction.
Other causes of impotence
Some factors that can cause impotence are:
- Toxic substances such as tobacco, alcohol or drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines.
- Medicines, especially determinate prescriptions for hypertension or heart problems.
- Poor circulation, such as thrombus in the arteries which impede blood to get into the veins of the penis. In people over 60 years old, arteriosclerosis problems or hardening of the veins are the main cause of male impotence.
Symptoms of sexual impotence
- Inability of erection
- flaccidity of the penis that does not allow penetration.
Diagnosis and treatment for sexual impotence
Problems related to impotence require the intervention of the doctor who, through a series of forms and tests, must rule out the presence of any psychological or physical illness that could produce the problem.
In the event of any physical anomaly, its treatment can solve the problem of impotence. Among the most widely used tests are blood tests, which allow checking the levels of male hormones, sugar, homocysteine, and physical examinations, to detect any possible tumor or genital abnormality.
The doctor may consider the administration of medications necessary to prolong the erection.
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17 July, 2020