Impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED) is very common. Nearly 52% of men above the age of 40 are affected. Despite this astounding occurrence, few men choose to do more than try such drugs as Viagra® or Cialis®, both of which may cause considerable side effects.
Side effects of Viagra® or Cialis® include:
- Colored vision
- Nausea and/or others
ED or impotence rarely begin over night, most men can achieve an erection, but it is not rigid or doesn’t last long enough. This partial loss of a full, strong erection has lead to the term erectile dysfunction rather than impotence, which suggests a total loss of ability.
Many men remain in denial about impotence and erectile dysfunction. Although research over past years has positively documented that in as many as 80-90 percent of the cases of impotence, the cause is not in the mind, but in the body. This denial is caused by the male ego, which is linked to male virility and sexuality and ultimately self-image and self-worth. Problems with male sexual organs and ability suggest a failure in them.
What Causes ED?
There are a variety of conditions and circumstances that can cause ED.
The arteries supplying blood to the penis do not bring in enough to cause an erection. This can occur because of a narrowing of the arteries such as occurs in the elderly, diabetics and those with high blood pressure, or because of injury to the genital region which causes a block in the artery to the penis.
Impotence resulting from injuries is very common. The impotence however, is often discovered much later, after the more obvious wounds and fractures have healed. It is also more often discovered by the patient and not the doctor.
The veins of the penis may leak blood and prevent erection (venogenic impotence). In full erection the veins close allowing blood to accumulate in the sinusoids of the penis, thus raising pressure and allowing for rigidity or hardness. Venogenic impotence is said to account for as much as 30-70 percent of all impotence.
The nerve supply to the penis is very complex. A proper conduction of impulses along these is basic for the initiation and maintenance of an erection. Injuries to the back or pelvis can cause impotence as can incidental injury from surgery on the rectum, prostate, urethra, spine, bladder or others.
Diabetes can also affect the nerves to the penis. High blood sugar, which must be managed carefully if you have diabetes, causes blood vessel and nerve damage.
The list is very large of drugs that affect neurotransmitters at the nerve endings causing neurogenic impotence.
Sometimes, more than one factor can be causing the ED. Book an appointment now to begin the process of treating your erectile dysfunction.