Important facts you should know about erectile dysfunction
Impotence is a pathological condition, which is based on a dysfunction of the physiological ability of the penis to go into the state of erection (sexual excitement) or maintain it for a time which is sufficient for sexual intercourse (coitus). The most modern and correct name for this condition from a medical point of view is erectile dysfunction (ED). If we decipher both of these medical terms in a nutshell, understandable to an ordinary person, without additional in-depth searches for information, we can call them as sexual frustration.
But different people understand erectile dysfunction differently. It may have so different a justification that it caused specialists to standardize some criteria for identifying the true problem. It is necessary to understand that the limits of the norm and pathology are very subtle and can radically differ in the understanding of many men. Some consider their state as a sexual impotence, and others can compare such a state with the top of sexual health.
The main symptoms that arise concern include:
- Decrease or absence of erectile ability. This means that men who suffer from impotence are not able to bring the penis into a tension state, despite a strong desire;
- Incomplete erection: the penis grows in size but is unable to achieve the consistency necessary for sexual intercourse;
- Failure to maintain an erection during the time necessary for the normal duration of intercourse, especially in the case of unattainable ejaculation;
- Premature ejaculation, which occurs in mature men who have a great sexual experience;
- Lack of morning or night involuntary erection;
- Decrease or total absence of libido (sexual desire) and associated sexual frustration.
To diagnose erectile dysfunction, one of these symptoms is sufficient.
Causes of impotence
Impotence refers to those conditions that can be a separate disease or one of many symptoms of various pathological conditions. The reasons for its occurrence are more than enough. They can affect any of the levels and mechanisms of bringing the penis into a state of persistent erection. Considering that this is a very thin and complex system, it is often exposed to negative influences. These include:
- Psychological impotence;
- Physical overexertion;
- Diseases of the endocrine system;
- Neurological disorders;
- Diabetes, obesity and exhaustion;
- Vascular system damage;
- Cardiac pathology and hypertension;
- Severe liver damage with the development of liver failure;
- Intoxication and bad habits (alcohol abuse, tobacco smoking, drug addiction);
- Diseases and traumas of male genital organs;
- Drug impotence;
- Non-observance of the culture of natural sex and abuse of its substitutes.
Nowadays, ED is regarded as treatable at any age and, as this has become better known, more men have had treatment and returned to normal sexual life.