Male sexual dysfunction is actually very common. It is possible, doctors tell us, that almost every male will encounter sexual impotence one or more times in their lives. Most bouts of male sexual impotence can be traced to a medical condition. With guidance and treatment, most men can regain active and satisfying sex lives.
So what causes sexual impotence in the first place? Sexual dysfunction can be complicated to diagnose and treat because it is usually caused by a number of factors. Some cases of sexual dysfunction can stem from psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, or some kind of trauma. However, the vast majority of all sexual dysfunction cases stem from a medically diagnosable condition. These are the four most common physical causes of sexual impotence that doctors have identified in males.
1. Vascular problems or disease. Vascular refers to the way blood flows through and around your body. In order to achieve an erection, your body needs to be able to circulate blood efficiently to your penis. When the flow of blood to your penis becomes disturbed or altered, impotence is often the result. There are several medical conditions that can negatively affect your vascular system. These include hypertension, atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries), diabetes, and high cholesterol. All of these can keep blood from circulating to your penis in an efficient manner.
Vascular problems can often also cause swelling of the genitals. Patients who suffer from diabetes and cardiovascular problems are at a higher risk of developing serious vascular problems. Often, vascular problems in the body will precede the onset of sexual impotence. In order to keep vascular problems under control, health professionals highly recommend that the patient get some form of regular exercise, eat healthy well balanced meals on a daily basis, and lowering one’s cholesterol and overall body weight to prevent sexual impotence.
2. Hormonal problems. Low levels of certain androgens, such as testosterone, can cause sexual impotence. As some hormones begin to wane, so does our sexual interest. Testosterone naturally declines with age, which is why older people are more prone to experiencing impotence. There are also diseases of the endocrine system that can be responsible for triggering sexual impotence. These include hypogonadism, diabetes mellitus, and hyperprolactinemia.
3. Neural problems. Neural problems refer to nerve damage that may be responsible for triggering sexual impotence. Nerve damage can occur from a number of serious conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. These diseases may cause nerve damage that can make it difficult for the brain to respond to sexual stimulation as it once did, thus resulting in sexual dysfunction.
4. Use of drugs. Some prescription drugs can make men vulnerable to developing sexual dysfunction. SSRIs, sedatives, and beta-blockers have been linked to sexual dysfunction.