As with so
many other sexual matters, the myths about impotence abound
it's an old man's disease; it's always caused by a psychological
problem; nothing can be done about it; 'real' men don't suffer from
it; if you ignore it, it'll just go away.
A young client who saw
me for this condition was 18 years old and his problem had been
caused by a tactless remark made by a girl when she saw him stepping
out of the shower. This set up a mental block about being
sexually desirable but it was not the result of years of rejection
or psychological problems. He couldn't get an erection at
an age when males are usually at their most potent.
There are a number of
possible reasons for impotence, and a lot of current work is being
done in the area to correct the condition so that the stigma is
removed, and men don't have to feel that it's a threat to their
masculinity. Every man can experience a lack of erection at
any age, but if it's an occasional occurrence, it doesn't constitute
a problem. However, chronic impotence needs to be checked
out. Seeing your own GP is a good start, and he or she may
recommend you consult a specialist in this field.
Some of the most common
causes of impotence are diabetes, drug abuse, hormonal imbalance,
alcohol, trauma, stress, fatigue, certain diseases, such as multiple
sclerosis, psychogenic complexes and disturbances, heart conditions
and drugs. These can be grouped under three main headings
hormonal, physical, emotional.
Hormone levels can be
checked by a simple blood test and, if found to be too low or out
of balance, are easily corrected by a series of treatments over
a period of time.
Physical reasons range
from the taking of certain drugs, to back trouble, to the ageing
process. Once these two areas are eliminated, we need to consider
the most common reason of all, anxiety.