Male impotence is a common sexual health problem that affects at least one third of men during their lifetime. Men with male impotence have problems getting or maintaining an erection for sexual activity on a regular basis, which can lead to anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. The good news is that male impotence is a treatable condition. In fact, approximately two thirds of American men with male impotence end up seeking treatment for their disorder.
You might think that it’s embarrassing to talk your doctor about male impotence. Remember, you are not alone with this condition. If you have been suffering from male impotence, it’s important to get a full medical evaluation. In some cases, male impotence can be a symptom of underlying health conditions, including cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. If that’s the case, treating these conditions can completely resolve male impotence problems. Your doctor might also recommend simple lifestyle changes or FDA-approved medications that have been shown to restore healthy sexual function.
Male impotence can be a symptom of disorders that decrease blood circulation, since an erection depends on strong blood flow to the penis.
Common conditions where male impotence is a symptom include:
• Cardiovascular problems: high blood pressure, plaque buildup in your arteries, and high cholesterol.
• Central nervous system disorders: Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
• Metabolic disorders, including diabetes.
• Low testosterone levels.
• Surgeries or injuries in the pelvic region.
• Obesity and overweight.
• Treatments for prostate cancer.
Several medications can cause male impotence, including anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, allergy medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, and chemotherapy drugs. Additionally, certain lifestyle choices can cause male impotence problems, including tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise. Psychological factors such as depression, anxiety, guilt, and low self-esteem can also play a role in male impotence.
Many men experience male impotence at some point during their lives. While it’s normal to have occasional problems getting an erection, frequent erection problems can be a sign of male impotence.
There are three main symptoms of male impotence:
• Inability to get an erection for sexual activity.
• Inability to maintain an erection for the duration of a sexual encounter.
• Low libido and decreased sex drive.
You should be particularly concerned about these symptoms if they have been getting gradually worse as time goes on. Symptoms that develop suddenly usually have a psychological component. If you are experiencing male impotence due to psychological factors, you will still be able to get an erection while masturbating and you will get erections at night while sleeping,
Men with male impotence do not always have low sex drive, but the two problems can occur together. As men get older, sex drive generally decreases. This can be caused by several factors, including medical conditions, certain medications, excessive alcohol consumption, drug abuse, natural hormonal changes, head trauma, or low thyroid. Additionally, excessive stress, tiredness, and relationship problems can affect a man’s sex drive.
In some cases, low sex drive and male impotence have the same root cause. Resolving male impotence can also solve issues related to sexual desire and help you achieve an active sex life.
A simple at-home test can help you and your doctor figure out what is causing your male impotence.
The test is very easy to do. Here is what you need to get started:
• Several postage stamps, usually 4-6.
• At least 3 nights where you can get 8 hours sleep.
• No alcohol or sedatives 2 days before the test.
• Boxer shorts with a fly.
Instructions for the self-test:
• Wrap the stamps around the penis and seal the ring.
• When the seal is dry, carefully put your penis inside the boxer shorts through the fly.
• Go to sleep as normal.
• In the morning, check to see if the ring is broken or perforated.
Interpreting the results of the self-test:
• If the seal is broken, the cause of your male impotence is probably psychological.
• If the seal is NOT broken, the cause of your male impotence is probably physical.
The results of this test can help your doctor determine the cause of your male impotence and choose an appropriate treatment option that can alleviate the symptoms.
When you visit your doctor, expect a full health checkup that includes tests for your hormonal levels, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Typically, your doctor will also run a urinalysis to check for any medical conditions. In some cases, your doctor might recommend an ultrasound to see if you’re getting adequate blood supply to the penis.
Your doctor will need to review a list of the medications you are currently taking, including vitamins and dietary supplements. As part of the evaluation, your doctor will ask questions about your health history, relationships, and sex life. This can include details about the frequency, duration, and quality of your erections and questions about your sexual partners. While these questions are in fact personal, your honest answers will help your doctor diagnose and treat the cause of male impotence.
Fortunately, there are numerous effective treatments for male impotence. Treatment will depend on your particular diagnosis. For example, your doctor might recommend changes to your diet, a new exercise program, treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, smoking cessation, or stress relieving activities. If your male impotence is caused by psychological factors, your doctor can refer you to a mental health professional that can help you address these issues.
In some cases, oral medication is an appropriate choice to treat male impotence. There are five FDA-approved medications to treat male impotence: Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn, and Stendra. These medications are PDE5 inhibitors that increase blood flow to the penis, which facilitates an erection. Each one works slightly differently and varies in dosage. While male impotence medications are generally well tolerated among patients, common side effects include headache, nasal congestion, flushing, and digestive upset.
Your doctor can help you find the right treatment for male impotence. It may take some time to identify the correct medication and dosage for your situation. Never take male impotence medications if you also take nitrates, blood thinners, alpha-blockers, high blood pressure medication, or if you have had a heart attack or stroke. If you are not a good candidate for medication, there are other treatment options, including penis pumps, implants, and surgery.
Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent male impotence. Try to get plenty of sleep, reduce your stress, exercise several days per week, avoid smoking, and don’t drink alcohol in excess. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help you maintain healthy sexual function. Your doctor should monitor all chronic health conditions, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.
While male impotence isn’t a life-threatening condition, it can have a negative impact on you and your relationships. You might feel angry, upset, ashamed, frustrated, unhappy, or anxious. It’s a perfectly normal reaction. However, it’s important to address these emotions in a health way. Talk to your doctor about any mental health problems resulting from male impotence.
Part of living with male impotence includes talking to your partner about your sexual problems. Open and honest communication is the best way to deal with the effects of male impotence. If you and your partner are having problems, seek assistance from a professional relationship counselor.
As you begin treatment for male impotence, remember to be patient with your progress. It can take time to find the right treatment and make the appropriate adjustments. Don’t assume that male impotence will be a life-long problem. A positive attitude will facilitate treatment and help you see faster results.