Impotence

If you suffer from impotence or have problems with urination see your healthcare professional.

Impotence

Symptoms

Impotence is the term used to describe the inability to develop or sustain an erection adequate for sexual intercourse.

Causes

Broadly speaking, an occasional episode of impotence is quite normal and no cause for concern.

Some medically prescribed drugs can cause impotence, particularly those prescribed for high blood pressure. Talk to your healthcare professional if impotence follows the introduction of new medication. 

Sudden onset of impotency is more likely to be psychological in origin, especially if you are still experiencing early morning erections. In younger men, psychological problems such as low self-esteem, depression, tension, anxiety and communication issues between partners are the most common causes of impotency. 

However, if you gradually develop ongoing impotency, there may be an underlying physical cause. An enlarged prostate can be, in certain circumstances, associated with impotence. 

An erection is caused by increased blood flow to the penis. Therefore, conditions that block the blood flow to the penis such as atherosclerosis (the build up of plaque on the inside of blood vessel walls) or diabetes can hinder erections. Another vascular cause may be a faulty vein, which lets blood drain too quickly from the penis.

Natural Therapies

  • Ginkgo biloba helps to improve blood flow and may be of assistance where vascular causes are involved
  • Taking B group vitamins on a daily basis helps your body to cope with stress better
  • Hypericum has been found to help reduce the symptoms of mild depression and stress associated with sexual dysfunction.

Life Style Factors

You are more likely to become aroused when you aren't worried. Spend time relaxing and being intimate with your partner without putting pressure on yourself.

Get regular, moderate exercise to help relax the body, give you more energy, and stimulate sexuality.

Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs, which can depress the nervous system and reduce your sensitivity

Important Notes

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