Impotence in men, or erectile dysfunction as it is also known, is becoming a major matter of concern. It is the condition when a man fails to hold his erection long enough to complete a sexual act. However, such conditions may occur one time or another and such sporadic incidents do not qualify for a case of impotence. But if getting an erection, sustaining it and low sexual desire becomes a regular occurrence then it is surely a case of erectile dysfunction or impotence. But what are the causes that can lead to such a disorder which not only affects a body function but also affects mental conditions and even relations? The causes of impotence are many and these can be broadly divided into psychological causes and physical causes. Sometimes the causes can be only psychological or physical, but often a person experiences impotence due to a combination of both types of causes.
Causes Of Impotence in Men
Generally in healthy young men, impotence is normally not a physical disorder. It happens due to psychological problems. So if a man can get morning erections or get erections while masturbating, but fails when having sex with a partner, then the causes are obviously psychological. These can be anything like nervousness arising from the fear of not performing good; guilt consciousness of doing an act that is not normally approved by the society; or, problems of relationship when the partner fails to initiate the desire. Impotence due to psychological problems can also be a result of gayness that was not identified previously. Depression, fatigue and exhaustion are the other causes.
In most of the cases the cause of erectile dysfunction or impotence is physical. Age is a factor as the degeneration of the arteries occurs with age. This is also noticeable in the people suffering from high blood pressure. Diabetes is another cause of impotence. People who are obese or who do very little physical activity often face erectile dysfunction due to their lack of physical fitness and improper blood circulation in the body.
Impotence can occur as a result of side effects of certain drugs especially those used for control of depression and blood pressure. Lifestyle factors like drinking and smoking are other very important causes of impotence. While alcohol is the cause when used in excessive amounts, smoking in any form and in any intensity can lead to erectile dysfunction. People who are in the habit of taking drugs like cocaine should also be careful as these recreational drugs can have dangerous effects on the potency of a man.
There are some rarely occurring physical causes that can also lead to impotency. These are diseases of the nervous system; injuries to the brain or the spinal chord; major abdominal surgeries, especially of the prostrate gland; a peculiar condition called the ‘venous leak’ where blood from the veins of the penis gets drained in excessive quantities; and, hormonal problems. A very rare cause of impotence is the excessive secretion of a pituitary hormone called prolactin. Erectile dysfunction or impotence is not a matter of shame. Consulting the physician can solve the problem as various treatments are available ranging from psychological counseling to erection aiding drugs.