Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Common causes of impotence

Erectile dysfunction. Everyone's favorite subject. But here goes.

You all know what it means--the inability of a male to keep his parts in the ready position.

This problem increases with age--22% of men over 60 and 30% of those over 70 experience it. Thirty million Americans in all.

--It can come from medical conditions. One big one is heart disease.Narrowing of blood vessels in the heart can also come to the vessels in the groin area.

ED can even be a sign of an impending heart attack or stroke.

--Medications can trigger it. Antidepressants, antihistamines, or blood pressure meds.

--Emotional distress. Relationship problems, depression, low self-esteem, guilt and fear and interfere with erections.

--Lifestyle. Being overweight, smoking, alcohol abuse or substance use can cause it.

--Physical injury. Some people think prolonged cycling causes ED, but this has not been shown in studies.

May I raise a related issue? Someone asked me whether her boyfriend's not climaxing during sex, even though he did not have ED, was a commentary on her attractiveness. Apparently, this is quite common and most experts say not to worry about it.

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