Impotence News

Impotence is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection. Impotence is an older term, and the condition is now more commonly referred to as erectile dysfunction, or ED.

Erectile dysfunction is one of the more common health problems among men. Achieving an erect penis for sexual function is a complex process that involves a number of physical and psychological factors, and as a result, ED can be caused by a variety of different things. But the results are generally the same: A man with ED has trouble achieving or maintaining an erect penis that will allow him to engage in sex.

Causes of Impotence

The likelihood of having erectile dysfunction rises along with a man’s age, and a number of health conditions that relate to the body’s blood flow can also play a role in your risk of ED. Therefore, a man’s chances of getting ED seem to increase if he is over age 50, smokes or has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease or diabetes.

There are other factors that can lead to erectile dysfunction, as well. In some men, for example, it may be a warning sign of low testosterone levels in the body. Drug and alcohol abuse, some medical treatments and nerve damage can also contribute to erectile dysfunction, among other causes.

Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

When it comes to treating erectile dysfunction, there are now a few oral medications that are available by prescription to help men achieve and sustain an erection. These drugs have success rates around 80 percent and very few side effects. In more extreme cases, there are also stronger medications available that achieve the same result by injecting them directly into the penis or placing a tiny suppository into the urethra. And in the most extreme instances of erectile dysfunction, such as those related to severe diabetes or heart disease, the surgical implantation of a prosthesis into the penis in order to achieve an erection may be a possibility.

SOURCES: FamilyDoctor.org; Urology Care Foundation.

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1/15/2016
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1/13/2016
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11/18/2015
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11/13/2015
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8/18/2015
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7/20/2015
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6/23/2015
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5/21/2015
Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at Bay

Study suggests caffeine may help maintain healthy blood flow and sexual function

4/23/2015
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3/23/2015
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Men who get the most physical activity report more erections, orgasms, study says

11/18/2014
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Researchers find higher levels of artery plaque can affect a man's sexual health

4/23/2014
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And there's a bonus: heart-healthy changes will boost overall well-being, too, experts say

4/1/2014
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Study sees little value in taking the drug during radiation treatment

3/31/2014
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But men shouldn't take statins for that effect alone, researcher says

9/11/2013
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Estrogen also involved, researchers say, and 'low-T' diagnosis isn't clear-cut

5/20/2013
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Researchers looked at men who had the therapy after surgery

5/15/2013
Erectile Dysfunction Tied to Long-Term Narcotic Use in Men

In study, more men on impotence meds were taking opioids for chronic back pain

5/7/2013
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Most sellers extol benefits with little mention of potential health hazards, study finds

5/6/2013
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1/29/2013
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Large study found even mild impotence was tied to greater odds of future hospitalization, death

12/4/2012
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Small study found men with periodontitis were about 3 times as likely to experience erectile problems

11/19/2012
Testosterone Gel Fails to Boost Viagra's Effects

Study found no added benefit to men being treated for erectile dysfunction

10/29/2012
Viagra Can Help Prostate Cancer Patients Maintain Sex Lives: Study

Use of the drug before and after radiation treatments may help men avoid erectile dysfunction

9/27/2012
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Preliminary research suggests genetic analysis might help men assess their risk

9/5/2012
Taking Breaks From Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy Seems Safe: Study

Trial found no difference in overall survival

7/30/2012
Abandoning PSA Screening Could Cost Lives: Study

Testing could save 17,000 men from advanced prostate cancer, researcher says

6/13/2012
Sleep Apnea Treatment Might Boost Men's Sex Lives

Mask-and-hose device increases energy, erections, study finds

5/21/2012
Severe Gum Disease, Impotence May Be Linked

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4/27/2012
FDA Approves New Impotence Drug Stendra

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4/12/2012
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