November is National Impotency Awareness Month. Impotency is defined as the persistent inability to maintain or get an erection. This condition is fairly common. It affects about 10 percent of men. It can occur at any age. Studies have shown it effects 5% of men under age 40. However, men who are over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk for developing erectile dysfunction.
Purpose of National Impotence Awareness Month
Impotence, which is also known as erectile dysfunction, can be an embarrassing condition for a man. The embarrassment that is associated with having this condition can stop a man from getting the treatment that he needs. The purpose of National Impotence Awareness Month is to remove the stigma associated with impotence and encourage men to seek medical help.
Causes of Impotence
Impotence can be caused by a variety of things. The cause can be classified as physical or psychological. Some of the medical conditions that can cause impotence include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Stress, anxiety and depression are some of the psychological conditions that can cause impotence. Peyronie’s Diseaseis another cause of ED. It is characterized by the formation of hardened tissue (fibrosis) in the penis.
There are a variety of treatments available for erectile dysfunction. One’s age, overall health and the cause of the condition are some of the things that will determine the treatment. If the cause of the condition is psychological, then counseling may be recommended.
There are also medications that can be used to treat impotence. Some of those medications include Cialis, Viagra and Levitra. These medications take anywhere from 15 minutes to 36 hours to work. Eighty percent of men who take these medications will get results. However, these medications can cause side effects.
If medication does not work, then surgery may be recommended. Penile implants can be used to treat the condition. These devices work by pumping blood towards the penis.
ED is a urologic condition that is routinely treated by the urologists here at Uromedix in Pembroke Pines, Hialeah and Aventura. If you or a loved one is suffering from impotence, feel free to contact us.