Sexual impotence and its causes


Openness to talk about sexual impotence is important, because it is a pathology that can have several causes, and is easily solved when there is dialogue.

Sexual impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is a sensitive issue for men and often an embarrassing issue, but be aware that the issues involved in this condition go beyond physical health, and so it must be an open issue.

Sexual impotence and its causes

Although the condition is more frequent from the age of 40, young people can also develop the disease early. Impotence is not permanent and nor is it inevitable as most men think, the diagnosis does not mean that from that moment on in life the individual will not be able to have more sexual relations.

How do I know I have sexual impotence?

Sexual impotence is when a man is unable to have or maintain an erection sufficiently rigid for penetration to occur, in at least 50% of attempts at sexual contact.

Other signs and symptoms may be premature or late ejaculation, greater need for concentration to achieve erection, reduced libido, or even reduced spontaneous erections.

To make the diagnosis of sexual impotence it is very important to consult a urologist, who will order some tests and make an appropriate medical questionnaire.

What causes sexual impotence?

Sexual impotence is multifactorial, several causes can contribute, but a healthy lifestyle guarantees a reduced chance of this condition appearing. The main causes are:

Psychological factors
The stigmas around masculinity pressure men to stifle their feelings, but anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, guilt, shyness and rigid beliefs about sex, contribute to maintaining the pathology and feed insecurity.

Excessive use of medicines, alcohol and tobacco
Some treatments of prolonged illnesses such as hypertension, lead to the development of erectile dysfunction. Too much alcohol and cigarettes hinder blood circulation in various parts of the body, including the genital region, making it difficult to maintain an erection.

Overweight or obesity
Overweight individuals are more likely to have cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, which reduces blood flow preventing a satisfactory erection. Obesity also reduces the production of testosterone, which is the male hormone responsible for libido in men.

Physical changes in the sexual organ
Physical changes such as minor anatomical deformities in the penis also have an influence on the erection process so it is important to see a urologist to make a correct assessment.

Neurological changes in the sexual organ
In addition to physical changes, neurological changes are also important in bringing communication from the brain to the sexual organ. Thus, in the presence of some neurological diseases such as alzheimer's, parkinson's, brain tumors, or even nerve damage related to the genital area, they can inhibit the erection.

How to prevent sexual impotence

The tip to prevent situations that can cause impotence is to follow some basic rules to improve health and physical condition. Exercise regularly, try to get enough sleep and follow a healthy diet and avoid using drugs.

How to treat sexual impotence

Treatment is recommended by the urologist, after making the diagnosis of the condition, depending on the cause of the problem, treatments can be varied.

If the cause is psychological, appropriate monitoring by a trained professional is recommended. Hormones may be prescribed if necessary, or sexual stimulants may be recommended.


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