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What is impotence?

Impotence is usually known as erectile dysfunction (ED), or sometimes erection difficulties. Men suffering from impotence find they're incapable to achieve or keep up an erection adequate for sexual intercourse.

Symptoms of Impotence

A common symptom of erectile dysfunction is when a man may find that he is unable to achieve an erection at all, or that he cannot sustain one that is hard enough or lasts long enough for sexual intercourse. Men with ED may feel angry or guilty, and become depressed. Many lose interest in sex and as a result relationships often suffer.

Cause and risk factors of Erectile Dysfunction

Most men experience occasions at some time in their lives, when they cannot achieve or sustain an erection, as a result of fatigue, stress or excessive alcohol consumption.

Among younger men, ED is often caused by anxiety – just about having sex, pleasing their partner or getting her pregnant. In middle age stress, overwork and tiredness often play a part.

Among older men, physical causes become more common. These include diabetes, thyroid or kidney problems, high blood pressure, damage to nerves or blood vessels, pelvic surgery or trauma, heavy smoking and the side-effects of medication.

Treatment and recovery

The first step is to talk to someone who understands the problem, such as a qualified consultant. They will help to check for physical causes, advise on treatments if appropriate.

Additionally Mr. Feneley suggests that in order to reduce risk of ED, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol, eat healthily, and take regular exercise. For consultation on Errectile Dysfunction or Impotence please call us on +44 (0)20 3651 6065 to book an appointment, with Mr. Mark Feneley at The London Clinic, 120 Harley Street, London, W1G 7JW

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