A stressful lifestyle, vascular diseases, and smoking have a negative impact on sexual life. Erectile dysfunction affects an increasing number of men today.
The terms impotence or erectile dysfunction mean that a man is unable to achieve and maintain a penile erection that would be sufficient for sexual activity. This problem can occur at any age.
Research shows that almost 50% of men between 40 and 70 years of age suffer from sexual dysfunction. Men often treat impotence as “the end of masculinity” and give up sexual activity, have a sense of lower value, and are afraid of being ridiculed or rejected by their partner. New methods of treating impotence not only enable a normal sex life, but also affect self-esteem, relationships and mental health.
What are the causes of the disorder?
It is estimated that 60-70% of impotence cases are organic, and in older men this percentage is even higher. In older men, erectile dysfunction is caused by andropause, which is characterized by a reduction in the production of the male hormone testosterone; progressive atherosclerosis, reducing the blood supply to the penis and adverse organic changes caused by diseases and aging.
Less common causes of impotence are sexual neuroses, mental inhibitions and stress. Often these factors go hand in hand, with somatic disease impairing the mechanisms of physiological erection, causing anxiety and inhibitions that exacerbate physical disorders.