Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is a pathological process caused by the physical inability of the penis to achieve and maintain a state of sexual arousal for the time necessary to carry out a full-blown sexual act.
There is an opinion that impotence is an age-related disease that marks the end of any intimate life. However, such a statement is fundamentally incorrect, because each man has his own reserve of opportunities obtained from nature, which can be reduced under the influence of various external factors, therefore it is possible and necessary to deal with this problem.
Causes of impotence in men.
Erection is quite a difficult physical process, which is a complete chain of successive reactions. 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 appearance of erectile dysfunction in men can manifest itself not only as an independent disease, but also as a symptom of another deep chronic pathology.
There are many negative factors that affect the course of both the entire cycle as a whole, and its individual parts, necessary to maintain the penis in a persistent erection state:
- disorders and traumas of a psychological nature;
- chronic fatigue;
- various diseases that affect the decrease in sexual activity in men;
- alcohol consumption, smoking and drug use;
- inflammation and mutilation of the male genitalia;
- side effects of medications;
- non-compliance with 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 it occurs in young, strong and physically healthy people. As a rule, it is temporary and disappears as suddenly as it appears.
An erection and the sexual relations that accompany it require the expenditure of a large source of energy. Consequently, its absence or partial exhaustion leads to a decrease in erectile capacity.
The state 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. Therefore, 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 self-gratification as a way to relieve sexual tension leads to stagnation of sperm in the testicles, reducing their activity and, as a result, causing impotence.
Testosterone is a hormone that is the main natural mechanism for maintaining men's health. Meanwhile, its content in the blood and the rate of production can be reduced under the influence of various endocrine disorders, failure of liver cells, which implies a lack of material for the reproduction of testosterone. Fat metabolism disorder, in the presence of excess body weight, also negatively affects the production of the hormone.
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 narcotic products deals a double blow to male potency, reducing the production of testosterone and having a negative effect on the cardiovascular system of the body as a whole.
It is also worth mentioning the existence of drugs that significantly reduce libido, in relation to their constituent components.
Symptoms of impotence.
Impotence is primary, if the erection does not appear in children from an early age, and secondary, if it weakens over time or disappears completely.
A distinction is also made between physiological, acquired and age-related sexual impotence, which develops with age.
The following symptoms may be cause for concern:
- a man's lack of sexual desire;
- the inability of a man to achieve a persistent erection in the presence of strong psychological arousal;
- the degree of elasticity of the penis is not enough to insert it into the vagina;
- inability to perform friction actions for the period of time necessary for a full-blown sexual intercourse;
- in optimal conditions for most, a man cannot reach a state of orgasm;
- There are no spontaneous morning and night erections.
If at least one of the above symptoms is detected, it is necessary to be examined by a specialist, since the earlier the disease is detected, the easier it will be to cure it.
Impotence diagnostic procedures aimed at identifying the causes of the disease, seeking methods to resume a full sexual life and the necessary cure for impotence.
Hormonal tests help establish 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 morning and night erections.
Erectile disfunction treatment
There are two ways to treat a male ailment: classical (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 carried out by surgery.
Selecting medications for the treatment of impotence is not an easy task. Since before scheduling an appointment, you need to accurately determine the cause of the disease. If it is based on negative changes in the blood vessels, drugs to lower blood cholesterol will be used, along with a special diet. Reducing the elasticity of the veins requires a different approach. In the case of low testosterone levels, tablets containing this hormone are prescribed.
Inhibitors are very popular today. They artificially induce an erection and are effective in rapidly increasing male potency.
The impotence associated with mental disorders and phobias requires many hours of sessions with a psychotherapist. These patients are cured by increasing touch contact and foreplay time, eliminating internal blocks and sex therapy.
Prevention of impotence
The basis for maintaining sexual health is the normalization of lifestyle, the rejection of bad habits and promiscuous sexual relations, the correct intimate and moral relationship with the partner, regular sexual activity. It is necessary to stop using the interruption of intercourse as the sole contraceptive method and self-satisfaction as a substitute for a full-blown sexual relationship.
Herbal preparations with a high content of vitamin E, containing rose hip, golden root, 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, immediately consult a doctor, urologist or andrologist.
Erectile dysfunction is a complex disease, so the earlier the ailment is detected, the shorter the path to restoring male health.