Impotence is the most common sexual problem experienced by mature men. Reporting from Healthline, it is estimated that approximately 50% of men aged 40-70 years show symptoms of impotence at least once during their lifetime. Then, what are the symptoms of impotence to watch out for? Who is most at risk of experiencing this?
The most common signs and symptoms of impotence
The most common symptom of impotence is the inability for the penis to reach an erection even though it has enough stimulation, or difficulty in keeping the penis erect so it cannot ejaculate and orgasm.
A man is said to experience impotence when all of these symptoms occur regularly on an ongoing basis, not just once. This then influences the psychological and emotional aspects of men, and causes symptoms such as shame or inferiority, worthless or inappropriate, despair, depression, and even loss of sex drive.
Who is most at risk of experiencing impotence?
In general, impotence is caused by something physical from the underlying health problem, such as:
- Heart disease.
- High cholesterol.
- Brain tumors.
- Neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis.
- Heavy smoker and active for a long time.
- Physical trauma in the genitals or in the spinal cord; for example due to a motorbike accident or work accident.
- Is undergoing treatment about prostate problems.
- Hormone problems such as hypogonadism and thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
- Use of prescription drugs related to certain health problems that can reduce sex drive, such as diuretics, antidepressants, and hypertension drugs.
In addition to causes related to physical conditions, psychological factors can trigger impotence, such as:
- Anxiety disorders.
- Excessive stress due to worrying about sex performance; excessive anxiety cannot reach or maintain an erection.
- Prolonged stress related to economic, professional, or conflict with a partner.
In addition, the risk of impotence can increase with age. Impotence symptoms are more common in older men 60 years and older compared to younger men.
Reported from Medicine net, men with low education are reported to have a higher chance of developing impotence because they do not adhere to healthy living habits. Average because of the lack of knowledge about healthy lifestyles and /or their limited access to healthy food and sports venues.
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