Impotence, sometimes referred to as erectile dysfunction, is the inability to get or keep a firm erection during intercourse. Impotence interferes with contact and reproduction. According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases in order Clearinghouse website problems include lack of sexual desire, ejaculation issues and problems achieving orgasms. Physiological factors are common causes of impotence in young men.
Most young men who suffer from impotence experience the condition primarily due to psychological reasons. The condition is usually short-term, occurring in overly-stressful situations. The leading cause of impotence in young men is anxiety, which can stem from a number of reasons, including:
• Physical impotence may be caused by excessive alcohol usage, high blood pressure medications, medications that alter the nerve sensitivity and issues with the prostate. • Diabetic impotence is a real concern for those who do not have their blood sugar levels under control. Diabetic impotence may cause trouble maintaining an erection or developing an erection due to a lack of circulation which supports healthy nerve tissue. • High Blood Pressure: Erectile dysfunction is more often found in men who have high blood pressure (hypertension). The condition is exacerbated by the drugs used to lower the hypertension. They are suspected of causing erectile dysfunction as a side effect. It can later be reversed by stopping or changing the medication. • Psychological causes of impotence include all types of mental illness, psychological problems, and negative feelings. • Premature ejaculation is not always considered a dysfunction and reason for concern but may be if it continues for a significant amount of time. Premature ejaculation causes may be both psychological and physical.
Erectile dysfunction may be caused by physical or psychological factors, or a mixture of both. Sometimes the cause cannot be strong-minded. Physical factors that may cause erectile dysfunction include (but are not limited to) hypertension, diabetes, problems with the prostate, heart problems, a side effect of certain medications, a deformity of the penis, lesions in the spine, and substance use ,abuse.
Other Causes of erectile dysfunction can include:
Conditions that cause changes in the way blood flows to the penis, such as: • Hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis • High blood pressure • High cholesterol
Conditions that affect the nervous system, such as: • Multiple sclerosis • Alzheimer's disease
Psychological conditions and social problems, such as: • Depression • Stress • Unhappy relationships, such as a marriage
Endocrine and hormone imbalances, such as:
• Diabetes, caused by abnormalities in the production or use of insulin in the body • Hyperthyroidism, or a high level of thyroid hormones • Hypothyroidism, or a low level of thyroid hormones • Hypogonadism, or a low level of testosterone Habits that make blood flow worse, such as: • Smoking cigarettes • Abusing alcohol • Using illegal drugs
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