Impotence or erectile dysfunction is a male sexual disease that is increasingly observed by health practitioners and it is wise to understand this phenomenon if you have to deal with it or if your spouse is so affected. As well as impotence there can also be present other symptoms of sexual weakness such as premature ejaculation. If left untreated, these problems can cause stress, anxiety and depression leading to relationship strain, conflict and eventually breakdown of relationship. Kofie Tee is in his early forties, forty-two to be exact. He is one of the top executives of a construction firm and he is presently separated from a tumultuous marriage that yielded two kids. Due to the present national downturn in the economy he has been under stress, being saddled with the responsibilities of helping to save his company from bankruptcy by reclaiming debts owed the company by various government agencies. He is quite social and has quite an array of friends and business contacts. He loves social gatherings and in a week can consume 6 – 10 bottles of mostly beer and sometimes good brandy. He has been on medication for high blood pressure. His health is average with periodic attacks of malaria. But recently, he has been experiencing what he calls ‘weakness of erection’ and also premature ejaculation. He has been to orthodox doctors for treatment with no avail and sought our Clinic for alternative ways of treatment.
TYPES OF IMPOTENCE
Erectile dysfunction, more commonly known as impotence is the inability in males to achieve or to sustain an erection adequate for normal penetration and ejaculation. Loss of desire or libido probably due to anxiety, stress, depression or relationship problems could be a cause.
Premature ejaculation is a form of male sexual weakness and is when ejaculation consistently occurs too soon for the sexual satisfaction of one or both partners? Almost always psychological in origin and the most frequent cause may be anxiety, stress, depression or feelings of inadequacy.
Retarded Ejaculation – Priapism
Is ejaculation which consistently takes too long for the satisfaction of one or both partners? Priapism is a persistent, usually painful, erection that lasts for more than four hours and occurs without sexual stimulation. The condition develops when blood in the penis becomes trapped and unable to drain. If the condition is not treated immediately, it can lead to scarring and permanent erectile dysfunction. There can be multiple causes for this condition.
Physical Ill-health — Organic Causes
The causes of impotence can be due to physical disorders or what medical experts label ‘organic impotence’. In the majority of cases the underlying cause is not so much physical as mainly psychological. Such impotence is labeled ‘psychological impotence’ by experts
Possible causes of organic impotence with an underlying physical disorder include:
- Debility and fatigue due to excessive alcohol intake or excessive sex.
- Disorder of the heart and blood vessels e.g. hypertension or high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis or narrowing of the arteries, which can restrict the flow of blood to the penis.
- High cholesterol
- Kidney failure and liver diseases
- Hormonal imbalance, e.g. Diabetes mellitus
- Injuries in the pelvic area, brain or spinal cord or effects of surgical operation on e.g. the bladder or pelvic blood vessels; surgery (such as an operation to remove your prostate gland) or radiation in your pelvic area
- The effects of the ageing process
- Neurological problems such as spinal bifida, multiple sclerosis.
Other conditions that may cause impotence include:
- Parkinson’s disease
- hormone imbalances such as hypogonadism which causes low levels of testosterone
- Peyronie’s disease – a condition affecting the sheath that surrounds the erectile tissue of the penis
Side-effects of Medicines
The side-effects of some medicines such as treatments for high blood pressure
Causes of Psychological Impotence
Where the underlying causes is more of a psychological nature, the onset is usually sudden and is characterized by the fading of an erection, growing limp at the moment of penetration is the hallmark of psychological impotence. Causes can include guilt, feelings of inadequacy etc. Usually a past or present unsatisfactory sexual relationship is present. A man’s ability to obtain an erection with masturbation or with another partner but not with his usual partner suggests the need for counseling. The occurrence of normal erection but an inability to sustain an intended intercourse also requires counseling. In all these cases of impotence after an initial erection is often worsened by anxiously trying harder. Psychogenic or psychological impotence can be due to: Psychological problems can influence your ability to get and keep erections. These include:
- feeling anxious, guilty or depressed
- stress at work
- partner conflicts
- unresolved issues about sexual orientation
- sexual boredom
and certain antidepressants can cause impotence. Medicines can also affect your libido or cause problems with erections, ejaculation and orgasm.
- Side effects of any number of drugs which can include: alcohol, some antihypertensive drugs
- Anti-angina drugs
- Appetite suppressant
- Antcholigenic drugs
- Peptic ulcer drugs
- Impotence due to AIDS has been recently reported.
Your Lifestyle Can Cost You Sexual Weakness
Drinking too much alcohol can affect your ability to get and maintain an erection (often called ‘brewer’s droop’). In the longer term, it interferes with the production of testosterone, which can reduce your libido.
Smoking damages your blood vessels, so if you smoke this will increase the risk of erection problems. Chewing tobacco may increase the risk of impotence. There is also anecdotal evidence suggesting that regular cannabis use can cause impotence.
Being physically inactive contributes to poor cardiovascular fitness, and may increase your risk of impotence. Impotence may be an early warning sign that you’re at risk of coronary heart disease (when the arteries that go to your heart are narrowed).
Many men need greater tactile stimulation as they get older. You may want to consider a change in sexual foreplay and technique to ensure a sustained erection.
Treatment of impotence
Impotence can nearly always be treated – we treat a vast majority of men of a variety of sexual problems. Our subject at the beginning of this article, Koffie Tee consulted us at the peak of his crises. We began by convincing him to begin to cut down on his alcohol consumption; alcohol in large quantities depresses the sexual function. His Life-style definitely needed to be adjusted. A Bio-Dynamic Radionics Diagnosis revealed also that he had moderate arteriosclerosis, narrowing of the arteries as well as some nutritional deficiencies. We helped him to correct these. Some of the drugs he was taking contributed to his problems and these also were adjusted. He after a three months therapy subsequently had his potency restored. His therapy included a combination of homeopathic medicines, as well as herbal therapy and the use of some Flower Essence to release some psychological blockages.
Talk to us today if you are experiencing these challenges. We can help you overcome and get you back into the game. If the cause is mainly because you’re anxious or having relationship difficulties, talking to our counselor & therapist will be the first step for you to take. We may also be useful if you think you have other psychological or even physical problems that are blocking your performance. Get in touch today! Distance is no problem! We have a World-wide successful clientele.
Last Word & Self-Help
A healthier lifestyle may prevent your impotence getting worse. The following changes can help.
- Try to stop smoking.
- If you’re overweight, ask your healthcare practitioner for advice about losing excess weight.
- Take moderate-intensity exercise (so you feel warm and slightly out of breath) for half an hour several days of the week.
- Eat a balanced diet, including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Cut down on salty foods and sugary drinks.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Using illegal drugs may also cause impotence.
- Aim to reduce stress in your life.
- If you have diabetes, make sure that you control your blood sugar levels properly. If you have a blood pressure problem, have it corrected before you take any aphrodisiac. Most aphrodisiacs would increase your blood pressure. So watch it if your blood pressure is already high!