Physical Causes of Impotence

operation1Diagnosing impotence is necessary to determine if the underlying cause is a physical one. Physical causes of impotence are varied and specific tests are necessary to determine the origin of dysfunction.

Types of physical causes of impotence include:

  • General Diseases
  • Penile-related Diseases
  • Physical Trauma or Injury
  • Medications and Treatment
  • Health Conditions
  • Lifestyle Factors

Impotence or erectile dysfunction may be triggered by vascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis or cardiovascular disease. A blood disease such as sickle cell anaemia and leukemia may be a cause.

Systemic diseases are also associated with impotence, such as diabetes, cancer, kidney failure, liver cirrhosis and hemochromatosis.

Impotence may arise from nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons and Alzheimer disease, stroke, and epilepsy; or respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Conditions affecting the penis and its function, such as Priapism and Peyronie’s disease may cause abnormal erectile function.

Sustaining a physical injury to the groin and pelvic area, may damage how blood vessels and nerves function in sustaining an erection. Long term use of hard pressure bicycle saddles may damage the perineum causing problems with impotence.

sleep-9Impotence advice says certain medications are known to trigger difficulties with erections. Medications used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and hormonal conditions may impact erection ability, as may those for treatment of diabetes and epilepsy.

Treatments, such as radiation for cancer or surgery to the brain or spinal chord may impact erectile function. Any surgery to the genitals, pelvis and lower abdominal area carries a risk of causing impotence.

Health conditions affecting endocrine function may be a cause, such as hypogonadism, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Malnutrition and mineral deficiency, such as Zinc, may lead to erectile dysfunction.

Lifestyle factors such as long term tobacco smoking, excess alcohol consumption and use of recreational drugs may limit blood flow to the penis, restricting erection and orgasm capability.