Impotence is a disorder that affects a person’s capability to maintain or achieve an erection or ejaculation. It usually manifests as erectile dysfunction (ED), which is impotence resulting from a man’s inability to have or maintain an erection.
Causes of Impotency
According to recent studies, the prevalence of impotence is positively related to age as it is more common as men grow older. However the occurrence of impotence is also very high among men with single or multiple cardiovascular risk chances, men with history of cardiovascular disease and men with illnesses such as diabetes. Even after age adjustment, impotence can still be a problem for men who have had and even treated cardiovascular problems.
In the case of men with diabetes, impotence is likely to affect almost half of the men involved, especially those who are not aware that they are living with the illness.
Apart from diabetes and cardiovascular disease, impotence can also be caused by any of the following factors:
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
• Metabolic syndrome
• Parkinson’s disease
• Lack of physical activity.
The Effect of Impotence on Relationships
Apart from the physical and health challenges posed by impotence, it can also have profound, unsettling effects on the relationship between a couple.
The ability to generate an erection is normally a thing of pride for most men and so the symbolic “loss of manhood” associated with impotence can cause the man involved to react in a number of detrimental ways. Firstly, he might be highly embarrassed and depressed and may choose to keep the issue to himself and not share with his partner no matter how close they may be and no matter how many problems they had shared in the past.
The man may then go on to withdraw emotionally and physically from his partner by withholding secrets, sex and even avoiding regular body contact.
This could pose a strain on both partners and could also cause a breakdown in the quality of the relationship. The man’s partner may be at a loss to what is really going on and may react with feelings of insecurity, self-guilt and self-doubt. This is especially because the woman might see impotence as a sign that the man no longer loves her or finds her attractive.
Methods of fighting Impotence
Impotence can be psychological and even when it isn’t, a couple can avoid misunderstandings by fully opening the channels of communication.
Impotence can also be tackled by supervised medication. Some approved drugs available on the market that help with impotence include: Viagra, Cialis and “wonder drug”, Kamagra.
Others include Levitra and Apcalis which are all available in different doses as prescribed by physicians.
Men afflicted with impotence have a choice. They can actively fight it and prevent it from destroying their relationships and their sex lives. Instead of viewing impotence as a sign of weakness or approaching old age, men can view impotence as an opportunity for self-assessment and a chance to re-structure their lifestyle choices for healthier outcomes.