What is impotence? Is it damaging your sex life?
There are several factors to consider when thinking about impotence. Firstly, it’s important to understand that it is more common thank you might think, so if you’re suffering from it, you’re not on your own. It’s also reassuring to recognise that it’s easy to diagnose and, most critical of all, you can do something about it.
So what exactly is impotence, otherwise known as erectile dysfunction (ED)? It’s as simple as this: If you suffer from impotence, you’ll be having difficulty getting or maintaining an erection strong enough or long-lasting enough for satisfactory sexual performance.
It’s important to note that impotence is different from low sex drive – which is having little interest in sex, even if you can get erections – and although it is common with age it is not an inevitable consequence of aging.
Who is affected by impotence?
There is no need to panic if you are experiencing an inability to perform satisfactorily in the bedroom – one in five men beyond the age of 40 experience erection problems and it becomes more common with age.
Sadly, though, there is a stigma attached to impotence because virility in men is closely associated with sexual performance. Impotence can be distressing and lead to a loss of confidence and self-esteem, depression and relationship problems. Even the term ‘dysfunction’ makes impotence sound like the death knell for your sex life, when, in reality, it is a predictable and treatable result of aging that can be remedied with a range of impotence medications and treatments.
Sex is too important a part of life to just ‘give up’. Research shows maintaining a good sex life (rated as twice a week or more) is good for men's health. A top sex expert says, in general, men are on a ‘five-day cycle' where sex is concerned (i.e. wanting it every five days) – whereas women are more likely to be on a ’10-day cycle'.
4 common symptoms of impotence
You may be suffering from impotence if you regularly experience:
- The inability to obtain a full erection.
- Difficulty maintaining an erection throughout intercourse.
- A complete failure to achieve an erection, including an absence of morning erections.
- A drop in sex drive (libido) as well as a reduced interest in sex.
How is impotence diagnosed?
A healthy sex life is a good pointer to good physical and emotional health. Studies show that sexually active men can live longer – and the opposite also applies. Impotence may warn of possible future health problems like diabetes, hardening of the arteries, or cardiovascular disease.
Some diseases may interfere with penis function by either disturbing the nerves or lessening blood flow. When the first signs of impotence occur there is sometimes an unknown underlying physical cause such as high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, hypertension or the use of certain prescription medications. Because impotence may be a sign of these underlying conditions, these could have a negative impact on your health if left untreated.
Good erections require strong blood flow to the penis and impotence may be a sign of poor blood flow to the tiny penile capillaries.
According to medical website WebMD, if you have other health problems that could be causing impotence, you may want to see a specialist – usually a urologist – for a consultation that could include:
- Blood tests.
- A mental health exam.
- An overnight erection test.
- Ultrasound of your penis to check blood flow.
- A urinalysis.
2 main causes of impotence
According to the well-regarded American medical practice and research group, the Mayo Clinic, “male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Impotence can result from a problem with any of these. Likewise, stress and mental health concerns can cause or worsen impotence.”
The main causes of impotence can be divided into physical and psychological factors.
1. Physical causes of impotence
Some of the common physical causes of impotence include:
- Heart disease.
- Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis).
- High cholesterol.
- High blood pressure.
- Certain prescription medications.
- Alcoholism and other substance abuse.
- Sleep disorders.
- Prostate cancer or enlarged prostate treatments.
- Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord.
2. Psychological causes of impotence
The Mayo Clinic says the brain plays a key role in triggering the series of physical events that cause an erection, starting with feelings of sexual excitement. A number of things can interfere with sexual feelings and cause or worsen impotence. These include:
- Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions.
- Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns.
- Risk factors.
- As you get older, erections might take longer to develop and might not be as firm.
What are treatments to cure impotence?
It is advisable to take action when you first notice you’re experiencing impotence symptoms because potential underlying causes could get worse. Medical research also shows that getting an erection is like keeping an arthritic joint mobile – use it, or you’ll lose it. If you ignore the symptoms or make excuses for sexual non-performance, then it may become increasingly harder to get hard again.
The good news is that simple lifestyle changes may be enough to ward off the problem. That's because new research indicates impotence is more common among men with diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease, and which are impacted by lower levels of exercise, than those who are physically active. Regular exercise and a healthy diet may improve impotence by reducing these risk factors.
There are also a number of impotence treatments available. Your doctor may recommend well-known prescription impotence medications , or other impotence treatments like erectile injections, penile surgery and vacuum pumps. There are also natural herbal options available, including herbal impotence treatments like Herbal Ignite.
Impotence medications may cause side effects so it is important to talk to your doctor about potential side effects before starting a new prescription medication.
Research shows that sexual spontaneity is very important to men. So the more invasive treatments like pumps and injections, which require pre-planning before sex, may not be as popular as oral impotence treatments.
This may also be the case for some pills, which are required to be taken up to an hour ahead of sex and preferably not after a fatty meal. Understandably, this pre-planning can dampen sexual spontaneity, which can put some men off using it. “You take the pill and by the time you’re ready for sex, your partner’s fallen asleep,” is a complaint that is sometimes heard.
Why is Herbal Ignite for Men a good natural choice to help prevent impotence?
- Support male sexual health.
- Support testosterone (the key sex hormone in men) levels.
- Promote blood flow to the penis.
- Relieve stress and fatigue.
- Improve energy levels and confidence.
- Increase interest in sex or libido.
The three key herbs in Ignite for Men – Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Avena Sativa – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate men’s sexual and hormonal health. The herb Tribulus Terrestris, in particular, has also been found to naturally boost testosterone levels and is available in capsule form in herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite.
- Tribulus Terrestris lifts testosterone levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength. It also generates male energy, confidence and stamina and men using Herbal Ignite report an improved sense of wellbeing. While Tribulus Terrestris supports and assists the body's natural production of testosterone it should be clearly understood that it is not a hormone supplement.
By promoting the production of the body's own hormones, it works within the body's natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential. Tribulus Terrestris will not cause the body to indefinitely produce increasing amounts of testosterone – rather, it balances natural hormone levels.
- Horny Goat Weed increases desire and sexual performance. The active ingredients in this herb are PDE-5 inhibitors, which increase blood flow to the penis and help with better erections.
- Avena Sativa relieves stress and increases sexual desire. Many men notice a decline in sex drive and sexual strength because of the effects of stress and long working hours; this herb helps counter the effects of our tough modern lifestyle.
Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men in New Zealand and Australia to increase testosterone levels and boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It also relieves stress and fatigue and improves energy levels and confidence. It has a potent herbal formula that works over time to help resolve the underlying causes low sex drive in men and, in particular, low testosterone levels that result from aging.
Herbal Ignite is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.
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Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.