Impotence – A Man’s Worse Nightmare! by Patrick Anderson

Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction (ED) is a man’s inability to achieve or maintain an erection. This is a condition that is rarely talked about amongst men but can have a devastating effect on a man’s confidence and self-esteem. This can subsequently lead to depression which only serves to aggravate the condition further. Unfortunately, impotence is a very common problem and affects over 2 million men in the UK alone. In fact, over half the male population over the age of 40 will suffer from some form of impotence at some stage. Despite these statistics, only a small number of men, about 10%, will seek medical assistance due mainly to feelings of embarrassment. Many medical doctors will prescribe chemicalised drugs, such as the blue pills to combat impotence. These are of course, not without their side effects.

Most young men in their 20’s or early 30’s dismiss erectile dysfunction as something that will never happen to them. Yet ED is a condition that can be caused by a number of factors.

Psychological

This is often the layman’s reason for the number one cause of impotence. Yet according to studies, psychological factors account for less than 20% of impotence in men. It is the subsequent feeling of depression and anxiety after one incident of impotence that can compound any underlining medical condition and worsen the problem.

High Blood Pressure

Aside from psychological factors, physical condition can also precipitate impotence. It is well documented that high blood pressure and high level of cholesterol can lead to a high risk of impotence. This is due to the copious amount of pressure on the blood vessels that causes damage to the arteries of the penis severely restricting the flow of blood to the penis resulting in an ineffective erection.

Stress and Fatigue

This one falls into the category of psychological. Although some men find stress to be a motivator, too much stress and fatigue can lead to erectile dysfunction. Stress can be in the…

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