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October 11, 2007 at 1:13 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Erectile Dysfunction Or Impotence: Fact and Fiction


Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a sexual problem that affects many men and can lead to feelings of inadequacy, emasculation and shame as well as have devastating effects on relationships. Impotence is also common: an estimation of 30 million men will experience multiple instances of ED within their lifetime. Impotence technically refers to the inability to achieve or sustain an erection. An erection occurs when, during sexual arousal or stimulation, the tissue of the penis is filled with blood and becomes erect. It is only when the penis is erect that sexual intercourse can occur. If blood flow or arousal is repeatedly inhibited, a man can be considered impotent. Impotence can either refer to the inability to achieve an erection at all, the inability to achieve a full erection, or the inability to sustain an erection for a satisfactory length of time.

Impotence is not a disease, although it may be a sign of a more serious medical condition, and impotence has many causes. Some of these causes are physiological, but impotence can also stem from psychological roots as well. One of the most common causes of ED is diabetes, which can change the flow of blood or damage nerve endings. Other causes of impotency include smoking (which affects blood flow in many parts of the body, including the penis) and poor diet. Impotence is not a sign of male inferiority and in 95% of all cases are treatable. Impotence is not necessarily linked to old age, but is more likely to surface as a man gets older. Impotence does not have to end a sexual relationship and does indicate a problem with either problem. With statistic reporting one in ten men encountering impotence within their lifetime, ED is a common problem and nothing to be ashamed of.

The treatment of impotency has often been a subject of controversy. Many folk remedies have been devised to cure impotence over the ages. Often, these remedies including making mixtures or involving complicated massage-like rituals called scraping, where a mixture was applied and then scraped away down certain zones of the body. Currently, there are multiple treatments for ED. Some popular treatments include the vacuum pump, which is used to draw blood into the penis directly before intercourse, or in severe cases, an irreversible surgery which involves inserting implants into the penis that will fill to cause an erection. Many cases of ED can also be solved by using oral treatments, including prescription medications or occasionally herbal remedies.

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