The man’s inability to have sex because of the insufficient hardness of sexual organ is called erectile dysfunction. The term “impotence” is not always used, as it refers to the extreme potency disorder (its total lack). In most cases, erection comes, but it is not maintained for time required to complete the sexual act.
Physiology of erection
To understand the cause of erectile dysfunction, you should grasp the development mechanisms of this process. The male organ is increased reflexively (when your partner touches it) and psychogenically (under the influence of erotic stimulation – the image of woman, etc). Owing to these two mechanisms, the active substances get into the blood, which leads to the relaxation of cavernous bodies’ vessels, fill the penis with blood and press the small veins that transmit venous blood. Any failure of these processes can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Causes and types of erectile dysfunction
There are primary and secondary forms of disease. In the first case, the men never had normal erection, while the secondary dysfunction occurs among the healthy patients of different against the background of different somatic and psychogenic diseases. We should also note that for healthy men without bad habits, age is not a limitation to achieving a full erection. Therefore, the concept of “age impotency” is erroneous.
If you need a consultation on the existing disorders, you should contact the specialist, who (after the interviewing and examination) will define the plan of necessary investigations.
1. General analysis – blood and urine test.
2. Blood chemistry.
3. Test for sex hormones.
4. Tests for reproductive tract infections.
5. US (using the ultrasound and doppler, the specialist can assess the state of vessels and blood flow).
You may also need the test of penis innervation and the consultation of the following doctors: endocrinologist, neurologist, sexologist and psychotherapist.