Impotence as Man’s Greatest EnemyMarch 25, 2020
Known by different nicknames, including erectile dysfunction, and feared by men who seek to enjoy sexual life, impotence is becoming more common these days. High levels of stress, pollution, harmful lifestyles and exposure to beauty and sex standards that are not widely met within the society are the likely culprits for this situation. In our present world, impotence is by far one of the most serious problems faced by men. Sexual impotence was once perceived as a disorder that affects men who are 40 years and above. However, current statistics have shown that it is now a common health problem among younger men.
Since sexual performance is commonly associated with a man’s sense of worth, sexual impotence can result in some psychological and emotional traumas such as shame and loss. Most men tend to measure their success by their ability to satisfy their partners in bed. This does not mean that every man who experiences sexual dysfunction seek help from professionals. Most of the current statistics on impotence cover only complicated cases, as most men do not consult doctors for treatment.
Any man who wakes up in the morning with a full or half-full erection can probably say that there is nothing wrong on the physical side which means that the problem is probably within the mind. The best-known psychological factors that cause erectile dysfunction are stress and lack of self-confidence. Stress depletes the energy reserves of the human body and hinders the normal functioning of the brain. Men who suffer from stress lose the ability to respond correctly to their instincts and reflexes.
Impotence, however, is not a death sentence. It can be treated. Not by moping about and waiting for the problem to solve itself, but by taking the initiative. If there is nothing wrong with the physical side, then counselling and practice should help anyone drive impotence away. With every sexual session that ends successfully for both partners, confidence is restored, and a positive view replaces any negative one.
If the problem is on the physical side, the man should look around and try to identify the source. It may be that the cause is medication or a condition, in which case, a visit to a doctor for advice on how to handle the situation is in order. Heavy drinkers and smokers would do well to stop the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes for a while and try to put their circulatory systems in order. Such a change in lifestyle choices has numerous benefits.
Causes of Sexual Impotence
There are three major causes of sexual impotence among men – Physical, Psychological, and Lifestyle causes.
As regards the physical aspect of sexual impotence, most of the causes are curable or avoidable. However, some physical causes are considered incurable, thereby requiring serious treatments and surgeries. Among the various causes of sexual impotence in men are hormonal imbalance, damaged penis structure, nervous system disorders, as well as drug and medicinal side effects.
Impotence due to psychological factors is also a very common phenomenon among men. This may be the result of extreme trauma that further drives a man to feel anxiety, depression, and stress. The sexual capacities of men with mental ailments can also be affected. Aside from these, psychological impotence may occur in situations when a man no longer feels any sexual rapport or affinity with his partner. The loss of a man’s interest in sex may also be a result of fatigue and too much stress.
Aside from physical and psychological causes, lifestyle preferences are also known to worsen most impotence conditions among men. According to research findings, men who use illegal drugs such as cocaine, nicotine, and heroin are likely to experience erectile dysfunction. Men who are obese tend to lose interest in sex as they become more conscious of their bodies. Men who exercise regularly and have a well-nourished body are confident about their bodies, which results in healthy sex life.
Stress as a Cause of Sexual Impotence
Stress is one of the leading causes of some health problems. It manifests itself in many physical or psychological symptoms that are often ignored until it seriously affects our health. The increasing number of stress-related illnesses is a cause for concern in the medical community. One of the health conditions that is caused by stress is sexual impotence. Sexual impotence commonly affects sexually mature males and is marked by the inability to obtain and/or maintain an erection hard enough for successful sexual intercourse. Among the reasons for impotence are smoking, alcohol abuse, pelvic trauma, hormonal deficiency, or conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Psychological impotence is most often caused by stress, usually stemming from work, financial burdens, family life, general preoccupation and exhaustion. It may also be caused by depression, mental illness, traumatic incidents such as sexual abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder. To help someone suffering from sexual impotence, a patient needs to undergo counselling to uncover the hidden cause from which the condition stems from. This may help identify if the underlying reason can be removed or its effect reduced through appropriate treatment.
Because mental stimulation plays a major role in sex, both in its overall enjoyment and in mediating the physiological pathways of arousal, a person’s mental health is important in recovering from psychological impotence. This is because stress results in the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, the effect of which hinders erection and the ability to feel aroused. Sometimes the condition is even aggravated by the patient’s feelings of shame and inadequacy when the first symptoms of this condition manifest. This is the time when they most need the love and support of their partners, who are often encouraged by doctors to attend the counselling sessions. Stress-induced psychological impotence is very treatable and more often than not requires a change in the affected couple’s lifestyle and habits. Both partners must willingly accept these changes to ensure the overall wellness of the patient as well as the security of their relationship.
Treatments for sexual impotence
Treatments for sexual impotence vary according to the origin. If the cause of the impotence is psychological, experts suggest therapies and psychotherapy sessions. Counselling is also a basic treatment for impotence with psychological causes. Surgery and implants are the treatments commonly recommended by most doctors for sexual impotence caused by physical factors. Besides, oral treatments are also prescribed by doctors alongside such surgical procedures. There are also alternative oral medications like herbal capsules that many men use these days. Although these oral medications are noted to be ineffective and are not prescribed or recommended by most doctors, many men still purchase and use them due to their helpful psychological effects.
How Impotence Affects Women
What does impotence look like from a woman’s standpoint? Most people think that since only men are affected by impotence, they are the only ones that suffer from it. Unlike what most people think, impotence or erectile dysfunction does not only concern men but their partners as well. Erection is related to sexual intercourse. It is one of the most important processes that define what sex is. It is often perceived that without an erection, sexual intercourse is impossible.
Women who have been with impotent men had made several observations of the changes that occurred from their partners, themselves, and their relationships. These changes tend to be more on the negative side such as lack of intimacy, insecurities of men, and loss of interest in women. Because of these changes and because of situations such as limitations in communicating the needs and thoughts of each other, the relationship eventually breaks down until it is no longer possible to repair it. When the initial signs of erectile dysfunction are noticed, both partners tend to keep quiet about it. This continuously happens until the gap between the two individuals become worse and they eventually decide to go their different ways.
To avoid getting to this point in a relationship, matters as important as sexual performance should be discussed openly without fear of rejection or ridicule. This is the main reason a lot of men are afraid of telling their partners because they fear they may be rejected or mocked. Most men are pressured by the fact that they cannot respond adequately to the demands of their partners and because of this, they tend to withdraw from intimate activities.
It is important women understand that impotence is a health problem which can be treated, and how they can help their partner recover. When a recovery is no longer an option, this is when communication is even more important than before. Men, when placed in this kind of situation, will often feel hopeless and useless, thus they need to be reassured. The fact that they can feel their partners standing beside them despite the entire ordeal is already enough sign of unwavering support.