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Impotence Frequently Asked Questions

What is impotence?

Impotence is a medical condition, characterized by a man’s inability to achieve or sustain an erection when he is sexually excited. A person with this problem may find it difficult to achieve an erection or keep losing it during an act of sexual intercourse. The most important factor contributing to this problem is an interrupted supply of blood in the penis. As adequate blood pressure doesn’t develop in the penis or it keeps fluctuating, a person fails to achieve or maintain an erection.

What is the difference between erectile dysfunction and impotence?

The technical implication of the two terms ‘erectile dysfunction’ and ‘impotence’ in the recent times has become matters of great dispute. Some experts have gone to the extent of identifying that these are actually two different conditions. Actually these are used interchangeably in terms of suggesting an erectile difficulty, which can suggest complete inability to achieve an erection, losing an erection frequently or inability to achieve an erection hard enough for vaginal penetration.

Who is likely to suffer from impotence?

Impotence or erectile dysfunction can affect any male at any stage of his life but it is more likely to occur among older men, compared to the younger ones. Men over 40 years of age are at higher risk of suffering from erectile dysfunction as vital functions in the body tend to slow down. In addition, if a person has cardiovascular diseases, blood circulation problem, urological dysfunction or kidney or liver problem he may also face the difficulty to achieve an erection.

Are many cases due to psychological causes?

Psychological problems do have important roles to play in leading to erectile dysfunction. Men suffering depression, supressed guilt feeling, anxiety or any type of nervous disorder are likely to suffer from impotence. Troubled relationship and unsolved queries about personal sexual orientation may also have an important role to play in causing erectile dysfunction.

What should I do if I think I am impotent?

It’s natural for some men to find it more difficult to have an erection as they get older. However, encouraging these thoughts may lead you to believe that there is no coming back from what has happened to you. Actually, the situation is completely treatable and the first thing you should do is to start diagnosing the problem with the help of a registered physician. Once the main cause is found, you may need to start treatment of impotence with prescription medications like Viagra, Levitra or Cialis for example.

What medication treatments are available for impotence?

The three most famous prescription medications for impotence treatment are Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. Viagra was the first treatment available of all these medications and available in three different dosages – 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. It remains in your body for 4 hours. Levitra has also proven its effectiveness in helping a person in achieving and sustaining an erection. Cialis, though works in the same principle as Viagra and Levitra, is capable of being effective at overcoming erectile dysfunction up to 36 hours, which makes it ideal if you intend on having sex multiple times over the course of a couple of days.

What non-medication treatments are available?

If it is found that impotence is caused due to relational complications or any other form of psychological problem and the physician finds that it doesn’t require to be treated with a medication, he/she may tell you to opt for counselling. In many cases it appears correct to address the problem this way and effective too.

What mechanical aids are there for impotence?

In case erectile dysfunction cannot be treated with the prescription medications, methods like penile injections and penile pumps may be used as effective treatment options for impotence treatment.

Can surgery treat impotence?

As there are several other prescription impotence treatment options available, surgery isn’t advised much as an impotence treatment option. This process is hazardous and capable of causing permanent damage to your normal physical functioning.