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Persistent or recurrent inability to achieve or to maintain an erection during sexual activity.

Symptoms of Impotence

The following features are indicative of Impotence:
  • trouble getting an erection
  • trouble keeping an erection
  • reduced sexual desire

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Common Causes of Impotence

The following are the most common causes of Impotence:
  • heart disease
  • clogged blood vessels
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity

Other Causes of Impotence

The following are the less common causes of Impotence:
  • metabolic syndrome
  • parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • peyronie's disease
  • certain prescription medications
  • tobacco use
  • alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • sleep disorders
  • treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord

Risk Factors for Impotence

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Impotence:
  • diabetes or heart conditions
  • tobacco use
  • being overweight
  • prostate surgery
  • radiation treatment for cancer
  • injuries
  • antidepressants
  • drug and alcohol use
  • prolonged bicycling

Prevention of Impotence

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Impotence. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • work with doctor to manage diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health conditions
  • see doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests
  • stop smoking, limit or avoid alcohol, and don't use illegal drugs
  • exercise regularly
  • take steps to reduce stress
  • get help for anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns

Occurrence of Impotence

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Impotence cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Impotence most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Impotence most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Male

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Impotence

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Impotence:
  • Physical exam: To examine the penis and testicles and checking your nerves for sensation
  • Blood tests: To check for signs of heart disease, diabetes, low testosterone levels and other health conditions
  • Urine tests: To look for signs of diabetes and other underlying health conditions
  • Ultrasound: To create a video image
  • Psychological exam: To screen for depression and other possible psychological causes of erectile dysfunction

Doctor for Diagnosis of Impotence

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Impotence:
  • Urologist
  • Endocrinologist

Complications of Impotence if untreated

Yes, Impotence causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Impotence is left untreated:
  • unsatisfactory sex life
  • stress or anxiety
  • embarrassment or low self-esteem
  • relationship problems
  • inability to get partner pregnant

Procedures for Treatment of Impotence

The following procedures are used to treat Impotence:
  • Testosterone replacement: To correct the erectile dysfunction
  • Alprostadil intraurethral (Muse) therapy: To insert the suppository into penile urethra
  • Penis pumps: To create a vacuum that pulls blood into penis
  • Penile implants: To control when and how long patient have an erection

Self-care for Impotence

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Impotence:
  • Exercise: Improves the erectile dysfunction
  • Smoke: Avoid smoking to prevent condition to worsen

Patient Support for Treatment of Impotence

The following actions may help Impotence patients:
  • Psychological counseling: Helps in dealing with the disease
  • Involve your sexual partner: Helps in treating the disease

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Impotence.

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