Impotence: Diagnosis and Treatment
Do not let embarrassment prevent you from seeking help for impotence. Consult a doctor to identify the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment. Through interviews and testing, your family doctor can diagnose your condition and suggest a course of treatment tailored to your specific needs.
The treatment plan will depend on whether the root cause is physical or psychological. One common physical cause of impotence is vasoconstriction, where blood vessels that lead to the penis are smaller than those in other parts of the body, making them more susceptible to constriction.
This constriction of vascular compounds is also a risk factor for various cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Your doctor may evaluate your cardiovascular risk and recommend lifestyle changes, including weight loss, to mitigate the risk of these conditions. Making lifestyle adjustments is an important aspect of impotence treatment and may lead to symptom relief and improved overall health.
There are several treatments available for impotence that have proven to be effective. Drugs like Viagra can solve the problem in about two-thirds of patients. Special pumps can also be used to stimulate blood flow to the penis and promote the development of an erection, with an efficiency rate of approximately 90%.
Additionally, cognitive-behavioral therapy and sex therapy may help improve the condition. With the range of treatments available today, most patients can achieve successful and satisfying sexual experiences once again.