Impotence is a condition in which the ability of man to maintain or achieve erection is affected. Several factors tend to contribute to this condition. These include physical as well as emotional disorders. As per a study, it was estimated that around 50 percent of men between the age group 40 to 70 experience this ED. When the most potential causes are understood well, it becomes easier for men to identify whether he is experiencing this condition or not.

Endocrine diseases

The endocrine system of the body produces hormones through which sexual function, reproduction, mood and metabolism are regulated. Diabetes is one such example in which impotence is experienced by men. With diabetes, the ability of the body for utilizing insulin is affected. Nerve damage is a common side effect of chronic diabetes. This has an effect on penis sensations. Another complication that has an association with diabetes is hormone and blood flow level, which in turn contributes to impotence.

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Nerve and Neurological disorders

The risk of impotence is increased by several neurologic condition. With these conditions, the ability of brain for communicating with reproductive system is affected. Owing to this, erection cannot be achieved. Some neurological disorders include:
• Spinal or brain tumors
• Multiple sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Temporal lobe epilepsy
• Stroke

Impotence Medications

The blood flow can be affected by various medications too, which in turn leads to ED. Medicines must be taken only after taking the permission of a doctor. Examples of medications that can cause impotence are:

• Flomax
• Lopressor or Coreg
• Tagamet
• Valium, Xanax or Codeine
• Amphetamines or cocaine
• Aldactone or Lasiz
• Eligard

Heart related conditions

Owing to these conditions the heart as well as the ability of pumping blood is affected, thus causing impotence. If there isn’t enough flow of blood to the penis, erection cannot be achieved. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which clogging of blood vessels is seen. This too might cause impotence. High blood pressure and high cholesterol also have an association with increased risk of this condition.

Emotional disorders or lifestyle factors

For achieving an erection, an excitement phase has to be passed. This is obviously an emotional response. Men with emotional disorders find difficulty in passing this phase and thus, face difficulty in erection. Anxiety and depression both have an association with increased risk of impotence.

Another cause of the condition is anxiety. If erection couldn’t be achieved in the past, one might have a fear that he couldn’t do it in the future too. Sometimes men find that erection cannot be achieved with some partners. A man having ED owing to anxiety will have full erections while sleeping or masturbating but finds it difficult during intercourse.

Abuse of drugs like amphetamines or cocaine can also lead to impotence. The ability of a man to maintain or achieve erection is affected by alcoholism or alcohol abuse.
For more information visit our Erectile Dysfunction page or contact us at Moorgate Urology today.