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Am I Impotent?

                          Many men experience Erectile failure one or more times during their adult lives (usually due to Anger, Stress or Drinking) but this clears up quickly and no treatment is needed. What is Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction (ED)? Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is defined as the consistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is sufficiently long enough to permit a satisfactory sexual intercourse. Many men experience Erectile failure one or more times during their adult lives (usually due to Anger, Stress or Drinking) but this clears up quickly and no treatment is needed. What is the difference between Impotence and Erectile Dysfunction? Nothing except that the more modern, politically correct term is Erectile Dysfunction, especially used in US. The rest of the world, especially Europe and Asia still use the term Impotence to describe this condition. Is Impotence a Disease? No, it is usually more of a symptom or side effect of something else. That "something else" can be quite serious, even life threatening in some cases, so the cause of Impotence needs to be determined and corrected, if possible. This obviously means you should let your family doctor know if you are one experiencing Erectile problems. So even if you have tried some initial treatments without success, talk to your doctor about other treatment possibilities. Is Impotence treatable? Yes, often the underlying cause can be determined with a few simple tests and in some cases corrected. Even if the cause is not correctable (i.e. high blood pressure, prostate cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, etc) nearly every man can have his Erectile Dysfunction treated and satisfactory erections restored. Treatments vary depending on the type of ED encountered. For patients with psychological impotence (10-15% of total) the most common and successful treatment is sexual or psychological counseling. This is especially effective if the patient has a cooperative partner, willing to attend counseling with him. In men with physical or medical Impotence (85-90%), the most common and successful treatments in order of popularity are oral drugs, penile injection, vacuum devices and penile implants. Isn't most Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction an emotional or psychological problem? Not really. While it is true that problems with erections can cause great psychological stress for the man and the partner of the man who has it, the underlying cause of the problem in up to 90% of cases is a physical or medical one, like diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. What kinds of medical problems cause Impotence? Things like hypertension or high blood pressure, coronary artery or heart disease, "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis), hyperlipidemia, elevated cholesterol levels, diabetes, stroke, neurological problems like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and spinal cord injury are the most common causes. Surgery or radiation to correct cancer on the pelvic area (colon, bladder, prostate) can cause Impotence. Also, many medications, like BP medications and anti-psychotic drugs can cause Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence as a side effect.




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