What does impotence mean?
Originally, the term impotence indicated an inability to reproduce. Nowadays this term refers to anything that leads to unsatisfactory sexual intercourse, impotence is most often used as a synonym for erectile dysfunction which is a less emotionally hurtful term for impotence. Generally the term 'impotence' encompasses any disturbance in the experience or process of sexual intercourse.
How does impotence manifest itself in a man?
For a man, impotence can have the following symptoms:
• Reduced libido. Sexual desire is reduced usually as a result of stress or a low testosterone level.
• Premature ejaculation (ejaculatio praecox)
• Delayed ejaculation (ejaculatio retarda)
• Erectile dysfunction (impotentia coeundi). Penetration is prevented by the lack of hardness in the penis.
• Erection and penetration is possible but there is no ejaculation. (impotentia ejaculandi) &bull Sterility (impotentia generandi) everything functions properly but reproduction is not possible because of an insufficient sperm cell count or because of sperm cells that are not sufficiently mobile.
• Erection, ejaculation, and reproductive ability are normal but intercourse is not satisfactory. (impotentia satisfactionis)
Female impotence or sexual dysfunction
• Frigidity. A lack of libido and a lack of pleasure during intercourse.
• Libido is high but an orgasm can still not be achieved (anorgasmia).
• Vaginal cramping - a tightening of the vagina makes penetration more difficult, painful or prohibits penis penetration altogether (vaginitis).
Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction or ED, is a condition in which a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection long enough to have a satisfactory sex life.
In the past, doctors considered impotence to be a mainly psychological problem, caused by performance anxiety or stress. Now, however, doctors know that most cases of impotence have a physical cause, which can be treated. In fact, according to impotence australia, physical causes contribute to about 75 per cent of cases of impotence.
Physical causes of impotence include damage to the arteries and veins that allow blood to flow into and out of the penis, damage to the nerves that send signals from the body's central nervous system to the penis, and, more rarely, a deficiency in testosterone or other hormones. Some medicines can contribute to impotence, as can some operations and radiotherapy treatments.
Injury and accidents
Impotence can be caused by spinal cord injury; injury to your sex organs; or a pelvic fracture, which can cause damage to the nerves to the penis, or damage the blood vessels, resulting in impairment of blood flow to the penis.
Smoking contributes to vascular disease, so it can contribute to erectile dysfunction by affecting blood flow to the penis. Smoking cessation often has a beneficial effect on erectile function.
Excessive alcohol use
Alcoholism can cause permanent nerve damage, resulting in impotence. This nerve damage is called peripheral neuropathy. Long-term alcohol use can impair the liver's ability to function, resulting in a hormone imbalance in which a man has too much of the female sex hormone, oestrogen. On a day-to-day level, alcohol dulls the central nervous system, impairing sexual response.
Illicit drug use
Illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, and amphetamines act on the central nervous system, impairing the body's ability to respond sexually.
Many medicines can cause erection problems as a side effect, including: diuretics; high blood pressure medications; cholesterol-lowering drugs; some types of antipsychotics; antidepressants; cancer treatments; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSaiDs); and epilepsy medications.
If you experience impotence after starting a new medication, tell your doctor, who may be able to prescribe a different medicine for you. You should also tell your doctor about any over-the-counter medicines or complementary remedies you may be taking.
Agnus Castus: This remedy may be helpful for men who have experienced frequent and intense sexual activity for a number of years and are now having difficulties maintaining an erection, a sensation of coldness of the genitals is a guiding symptom indicating the need for this remedy.
Argentum nitricum: This remedy is indicated when a man is unable to keep an erection when coitus is initiated and when thinking about the problem makes it worse, it is most effective in men who are worried, anxious, hurried and very warm-blooded.
Caladium: This remedy may offer relief to a man who is completely unable to get an erection even when he has strong sexual libido. These men may also experience nocturnal emissions even without an erection.
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