Causes of impotence





Impotence may be experienced by men and women. In
men, impotence may be experienced as erectile dysfunction or an inability
to have or sustain an erection. In contrast, women may experience a
lack of sexual drive or an inability to enjoy sexual sensations and
have an orgasm.

Importance of understanding the causes of impotence

Understanding the cause of impotence helps an individual
improve their sexual enjoyment and performance. Once a cause of impotence
is identified, the right treatment for impotence may be provided. Causes
and treatments of impotence may vary for different people.

The first step in improving sexual experience and
the relationship is getting help from a medical professional if you
suffer from impotence. Experiencing impotence may be isolating, affect
dignity and self-esteem. Getting help for impotence improves health
and confidence.

Varied causes of impotence

Impotence may result from an underlying health condition
with physical origins. A specific type of medication used for treating
a disease or health condition may cause impotence. Mental illness, stress,
anxiety and perceptions about sex may trigger impotence too. Impotence
may have more than one cause, both physical and psychological.

Medication as a trigger of impotence

Individuals treated for high blood pressure or high
cholesterol may suffer with impotence as a side-effect of their medication.
There are a range of medications known to cause impotence, such as beta-blockers,
cancer treatments, corticosteroids, antipsychotics, and antidepressants.

Medication reviews assist doctors and patients in
discussing their medications and side-effects. Changing a type of medication
may reduce or eliminate impotence conditions.

Impotence due to physical disorders

Physical development and diseases may lead to impotence
in men and women. Hormones play a role too, with fluctuating levels
potentially impacting libido and desire for sex.  Blood and nerve
disorders may reduce sexual sensitivity and enjoyment of sexual activity.

People suffering from diseases including heart disease,
thyroid conditions, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
may experience impotence as part of the impact of their health condition.

Obesity and related health conditions may contribute
to impotence, particularly where diet and lack of exercise cause lack
of energy and interest in life activities. Weight management and regular
exercise may help with weight loss and increase energy levels for sexual

Impotence due to psychological condition

Our thoughts and emotions impact our moods, interests
and behaviours. Sexual performance may decline when stress levels or
anxiety states are high. Those with mental health conditions from trauma
or depression may lack desire to engage in sex or experience impotence.

Common triggers of impotence
due to stress are relationship conflicts, breakdowns and problems at
work. Addressing or resolving the psychological cause of impotence may
positively alter perceptions about self and sex, improving sexual experience
for the better



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