Causes of Male Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction
What are the causes of male impotence?
Male impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, is a condition characterized by the inability to produce or maintain an erection. This is a problem that can be either chronic or acute, and it affects most men at one time or another - particularly as the aging process progresses.
Understanding the reasons for erectile dysfunction can be useful, as it promotes an awareness of what may trigger it in different individuals, and also clarifies the multitude of things that can lead to this problem.
Although in the past, it was thought that most cases of ED were psychogenic, we have since learned that most individuals with ED experience a mix of psychological and physical causes.
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A note about Causes of Male Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction
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In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
In discussing the causes of male impotence, it is important to note that erectile dysfunction often has a psychological cause. Men can have difficulty with sexual activity when they are experiencing a number of strong emotions. Worry, fear, stress, anger, and depression can lead to erectile dysfunction - that is either isolated or prolonged.
Although many partners of men with ED mistakenly blame themselves for the problem, this is not often the case; it is, however, important to note that sometimes a man's lack of interest in sex or in his sexual partner may be the cause of his erectile difficulties.
Other possible causes of more chronic ED are of a developmental nature. Some of these causes of male impotence may include: maternal or paternal dominance, parent / child conflicts, a traumatic childhood sexual experience, gender identity issues, traumatic first intercourse experience, chronic performance anxiety, poor self-esteem, fear of pregnancy, fear of sexually transmitted infections, communication issues, or ongoing hostility or anger toward a partner.
In addition to psychological factors - which generally play at least some role in erectile dysfunction - there are several physical causes of male impotence. Due to the physiology of an erection (the fact that it's based upon the body's ability to fill the penis with blood), people with cardiovascular / blood flow issues are more susceptible to ED than others. Some of these issues include: heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), poor circulation (due to arteriosclerosis), or diabetes.
Additionally, people who have had surgery on the prostate, lower bowel, or lower spine are likely to experience ED. Other physical conditions that may lead to ED are liver disease, kidney disease, hormone or thyroid disorders, Parkinson's disease, Peyronie's disease, and certain injuries.
Whatever the possible causes of male impotence, there is no doubt that impotence is an upsetting illness, both physically and psychologically. However, there are a wide variety of treatments and interventions available for men who suffer from erectile difficulties. Regardless of the cause of ED, there is a way to mediate the issues that underlie it, so that individuals whom it affects can continue to have healthy, active sex lives.
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