What is impotence (erectile dysfunction)? Impotence (erectile dysfunction) is an inability to achieve or maintain an erection, making it possible to achieve a satisfactory sexual intercourse.
The risk of erectile dysfunction increases with age. The condition seen in approximately 30 percent of men in the 65-year age while the prevalence among males in the 40-year age is 5-10 percent. Mild impairment of the ability to obtain or maintain an erection is seen more often and far more common is it that man in periods of experience to have trouble getting an erection.
There is good reason to seek medical care if you have persistent problems in obtaining an erection, because erectile problems often can be remedied either by medical treatment, sexological counseling, assistive devices or surgical treatment.
Erectile dysfunction may be a symptom of an underlying perhaps undetected disease that should be addressed. Of natural causes is cardiovascular disease the most common. Atherosclerosis is here an important factor.
Disturbances in blood flow to the penis is the most common physical cause of impotence or what is called erectile dysfunction (ED)
For a man to get a usable erection the blood supply to the penis increases
at least 20 times, making the circulation a vulnerable function.
There may be too little blood to the penis due for training or there may be problems getting blood to remain in the penis's spongy material. Not rare settlements both faults simultaneously. Hormonal disturbances in 10 -20% of cases the cause
Diseases of the blood vessels are the most common physical cause. It is primarily concerned are for seafaring. Men with cardiovascular disease and hypertension have therefore increased risk of developing impotence. Important to note is that smoking is the major risk factor for developing atherosclerosis, which you can do something about.
Studies have shown that the incidence of erectile dysfunction among patients with heart disease has more than doubled in the subgroup of patients who simultaneously smoke.
Diabetes can also cause erectile problems. Studies have shown that approximately 50 percent of men with diabetes develop erectile dysfunction within 10 years after diabetes was detected. Sometimes the disease first discovered by the man complains about problems with erection.
How is the disease diagnosed?
The doctor will first try to clarify the problems with sexual function that are involved and how extensive they are. The doctor will usually ask very detailed for sexual function and relationship. Also questioning the doctor about general disease situation and what you take medication - including OTC medications.
The doctor makes a focused study which aimed at finding a possible treatment demanding underlying cause of erectile problems. This includes among other things a study of the male genitalia, measurement of blood pressure, and study of circuit conditions, blood or urine sample to check for diabetes.
Treatment of impotence
• Treatment of ED can be started without knowing the reasons for it. • The couple should have a desire for sexual relationships and feel any confidence in each other before starting treatment. • It can be harmful to treat an ED if the relationship is bad. • There may be easier to talk about ED and its implications when there is a third neutral person present who has experience of treating couples with ED. • Many times it is enough with a meeting for the couple to continue with even talking about the problems and find each other again.
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