What Causes Impotence?

Impotence can be caused by a number of things. But by far, the most common cause is other health problems. For some men, clogged blood vessels cause impotence. In other men, it may be caused by nerve damage from diabetes. If you have a health problem and don't see your doctor, the problem will go untreated and may even become worse.
Lifestyle factors (such as smoking, being overweight, and being physically inactive) can contribute to the condition, too.
(Click Impotence Causes for more information.)

Treatment for Impotence

Another reason to see your healthcare provider is to treat the impotence itself. Your doctor can offer several new treatments that are currently available.
Even though most cases have a physical cause, counseling can help couples deal with the emotional effects of impotence. Some couples find that counseling enhances the effects of other forms of impotence treatment by making their relationship stronger.
For many men with the condition, the answer is as simple as taking a pill. Other men have to try other treatment options before they find a treatment that works for them. Don't give up if the first treatment doesn't work. Finding the right one can take time.

Key Facts on Impotence

Consider the following facts about impotence:
  • The condition may be a sign of health problems.
  • A doctor can help you overcome impotence.
  • Smoking, being overweight, and avoiding exercise can contribute to impotence.
  • Impotence usually has a physical cause, but counseling can help couples build a stronger relationship.
  • Many men can take an erectile dysfunction pill to treat the condition. However, these men should still treat the health conditions that caused it.
  • Men who take any of the medicines called nitrates should not take a pill to treat their impotence.
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