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Male impotence - causes, therapies, stats

Date Added: March 03, 2010 03:21:43 AM
Category: Education Training And Employment
The repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse is called erectile dysfunction (also known as male impotence). The word "impotence" may also be used to describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, for example lack of sexual desire and disorders with ejaculation or climax. Some males experience chronic erectile dysfunction, and others have erection problems sometimes. Frequent erectile dysfunction can bring on emotional and relationship problems, and often results in diminished self-esteem. It makes defining the health problem and estimating its incidence hard. Depending on the definition used, from 15 to 30 mln are estimated to have ED. The majority of male sexualdisorders are caused by physical factors, for example vascular, nerve and abnormalities in the penile area. In older males, erectile dysfunction commonly has a physical cause, such as diseases, injuries, or side effects of medications. Any disorder that brings on an injury to the nerves or blood vessels in the penis has the potential to cause ED. Incidence increases with age: about 5% of 40-year-old males and 15-25% of 65-year-old men suffer from ED. But it is not an inevitable aspect of aging. Not being able to perform in bed adversely impacts on man's self-esteem and confidence. Besides, it also badly damages his relationship with a partner. According to the research, in 1985 for every 1, 000 males in the United States, 7.7 appointments with a medical practitioner were made for ED. By 1999, that number had almost tripled. The increase happened gradually, presumably because therapies, for example vacuum devices and injectable drugs became more readily available and discussing erectile function became accepted. By and large, erectile dysfunction is treatable at any age, and awareness of the fact has been growing. Today more males seek specialist assistance and return to normal sexual activity due to advanced, efficacious treatments for ED. There are oral, mechanical, injection and surgery therapies. One way to better ED is to make some changes in life-style. For some men, choosing a healthier life-style, for instance quitting smoking, doing regular exercise, and reducing tension, may be all that is required to find relief. For those who need more intensive treatment, lifestyle changes in addition to other therapies can further help.
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