Impotence in men is known as erectile dysfunction in medical terms. This is a condition where a man is unable to achieve an erection during sexual intercourse or other situations of arousal like masturbation.
Even if a man achieves penile erection but is not able to sustain it for more than a few seconds, it is known as impotence.
Impotence can be a problem with two aspects. It can be caused by psychological issues or by physiological problems. A person could even be suffering from both types.
Psychological problems usually mean that it is not physically impossible for a person to achieve an erection but he is still unable to do so. But a man will not be able to get an erection no matter what he does if there are serious underlying medical issues.
The working of the male penis can be described quite accurately as a precise hydraulic system. There are various pipes and ducts with blood flowing through them at different pressure levels. When a man is sexually aroused by looking at or feeling a certain thing, the brain transmits messages through different nerves to the genital region.
The pressure of the blood changes and small tissues in the penis start absorbing large amounts of fluid. This causes the penis to be engorged and harden. This is known as an erection.There are many different reasons for impotence in men.
Causes Of Impotence In Men
This is the most common cause of impotence in men. The body starts slowing down and different organs do not work as efficiently as they did before as a person grows older.
Even a 10 year age gap between two men will mean a huge difference in their erectile capabilities. But there are many modern medications and treatments for age-related impotence.
This is another reason to avoid indulging in harmful substances. A person who uses any type of narcotic drug (like cocaine, heroine or marijuana) is at risk of being impotent.
Alcohol abuse and smoking of tobacco products can also lead to this problem. Smoking is a big factor for this because it narrows the blood-carrying arteries to almost half which results in inadequate supply to the penis during sexual arousal.
Surgical and other Procedures
Many types of surgery that are carried out around the genital region can cause damage to the penis and affects its functioning. Men who have had surgery to remove their prostrate or a tumor in the area may find that they are suffering from impotence even after recovery.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy which are used to treat various forms of cancer can also affect a man’s ability to get an erection.
Cardiac or heart disease is a very common reason behind erectile dysfunction. Diabetes mellitus can also be a cause of this problem. Also men suffering from disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are likely to be impotent.
The mind can also play tricks on a person and make him feel sexually inadequate. Clinical depression, panic attacks, anxiety issues and fear of sex are common reasons for male impotence.