What is Impotency? Causes and treatment.

What is Impotency?


What is Impotence?

The failure of a man to obtain or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse or the inability to achieve ejaculation is known as impotence. More commonly, it is called erectile dysfunction and is quite common in men of age 60 years or more. Many younger males also have erection problems in their 40’s or even less than 40 years of age. Impotence is a much more prevalent phenomenon than previously thought. It is predicted that about two-third of men suffer impotence at any stage of their life.

Though erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is a serious male health problem that can be treated, men find it awkward to discuss. It is the reason that they waste years of their lives dealing with this issue and even become the victim of psychological nervousness. Relationship issues aggravate men’s confusion and psychological problems.

Medically what exactly is erectile dysfunction/ Impotence?

In erectile dysfunction, men face the problem of erection but what happens inside?

Inside the penis, there are two long cylindrical sponge like tissues called “Corpora cavernosa”, which have a number of thin blood vessels and the major artery for the supply of blood. When the sexual desire in man is aroused, brain coordinates and increases the supply of blood to penis. The blood gets trapped in the dilated vessels of corpora cavernosa tissues as the pressure rises, holding the penis erect. If blood supply to the penis is inadequate or fails to remain inside the penis due to some issue, it fails to achieve erection.

Impotence is not considered itself a disease but it indicates some other responsible health issues which need to be treated.


Symptoms of impotence include:

  • Failure to obtain erection
  • Failure to maintain erection till ejaculation
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Trouble to achieve orgasm
  • Low sexual desire

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