Impotence: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments


What is Impotence?

For many men, sexual health problems are difficult to acknowledge, in large part due to perceived expectations of virility and masculinity. Impotence, also referred to as erectile dysfunction, affects millions of men across the globe each year. It is currently estimated that over 18 million in the United States experience varying degrees of impotence on an annual basis. That being said, by confronting the problem, men can quickly begin taking the steps necessary to resolve this adverse sexual condition.

Impotence is commonly defined as the inability to maintain or achieve an erection on a consistent or repeated basis. For those suffering from impotence, achieving sexual pleasure through intercourse may prove to be difficult or impossible. Although impotence issues are typically seen in men over 40, a wide range of adverse psychological and physical conditions can induce impotence in men of all ages. Although it is common for men to experience occasional difficulties in maintaining an erection, impotence is typically diagnosed when these issues occur on a predictable, regular basis.

What are Signs and Symptoms of Impotency?

In order to determine accurately whether an individual is suffering from impotency, a distinction must first be made between erectile dysfunction and low libido, both of which can result in a lack of physical arousal. For men suffering from impotency, desire for sex remains intact, while those experiencing reduced libido levels will find their desire for sexual intimacy disappearing. Making this important distinction is the first step towards accurately identifying this common sexual problem.

Common physical characteristics of impotence include an erection that is too flaccid for successful vaginal penetration as well as erections that, although adequate for intercourse, last for temporary, short durations of time. Impotent men may also completely lose the ability to gain an erection, regardless of desire levels.

What are The Causes of Impotency?

As stress can be a primary cause of impotency in working males, doctors may also recommend psychiatric therapy for individuals unable to cope with the pressures and demands of their life. As impotency first begins to appear, the fear and worry many men experience out of their desire to “perform” for their partners can further perpetuate and sustain the detrimental repercussions of erectile dysfunction. It is recommended that men discuss their problems with their partner at the onset of impotency in order to develop a nurturing and empowering base of support that will prove invaluable in remedying these problems.

How is Impotency Diagnosed?

In order to successfully diagnose and treat male impotence, individuals who suspect they may be suffering from this debilitating condition should consult their doctor to discuss observed symptoms. Confronting these issues may prove to be awkward and embarrassing, but the potential positive outcomes as a result from a professional diagnosis and treatment far outweigh these concerns.

What Treatment Options are Available For Impotency?

Depending upon the specific characteristics of the diagnosed impotency, doctors may suggest one of several treatment methods, ranging from pharmaceutical products to counseling. For men over 40 experiencing problems with impotence, medical treatment is one of the most popular and effective solutions. As impotency is treatable at all ages, men should not be dissuaded from treatment if they are advanced in years. That being said, doctors may advise certain patients against using medical treatments due to other physical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart problems.

If prescription medication and counseling are not effective in reducing the onset of impotency, additional treatment options include injections into the penis designed to improve blood circulation, the application of vacuum devices or pumps designed to draw blood into the penis, as well as surgical operations which can remove any obstacles preventing blood from circulating to the penis.


Although impotency can be a worrying or intimidating physical condition, men can remain confident that treatment options are available which can quickly work to resolve their sexual problems.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.