Impotence or erectile dysfunction is a condition that is often very difficult to talk about. Impotence can contribute highly to infertility problems simply because it prevents intercourse from happening. At our Manchester Fertility Services we recognise that most erectile dysfunction is caused by physiological issues and can be treated by making better lifestyle choices and sometimes counselling.
What Is Impotence?
Impotence is the inability to achieve an erection either all of the time or in specific situations. The former is also known as primary or total impotence and the latter secondary impotence.
Primary Impotence - Causes.
Primary impotence can be caused by lack of male hormones in the blood, also known as hypogonadism. Underlying systemic disease that affect the nerves and blood flow such as diabetes, tuberculosis and cancer are also causes. On Consultation at our Manchester Fertility Services we will conduct a series of tests to determine the cause and work on a course of treatment for the impotence.
Secondary Impotence - Causes.
In 9 out of 10 cases impotence is caused by psychological factors, unhealthy lifestyle and some medications. This is good news because it means that the sufferer can make changes that will eventually cause the symptoms to cease. Some causes of secondary impotence are simply due to a stressful lifestyle caused by work, financial difficulties or sadly a relationship that is very unhappy. Other causes include high alcohol intake and drug abuse. Prescription medicines for high blood pressure or anti psychotic drugs can also result in impotence.
The Impact of Erectile Dysfunction on Lives
Erectile dysfunction can cause a range of negative feelings such as; sexual frustration, relationship difficulties and infertility. All of these emotions become part of a negative spiral causing the male partner to feel sexually inadequate and have low self esteem. At our Manchester Fertility Services we are aware that these feelings of negativity can increase the chances of erectile dysfunction and we provide advice and counselling services to help you to make the life changes necessary.
Treating Erectile Dysfunction
In our clinics at our Manchester Fertility Services we have specialists that will help the sufferer find the root cause of their erectile dysfunction. Primary erectile dysfunction generally responds positively to treatment of the underlying disease. Secondary impotence requires a lot more investigation into the root causes, counsellors at our Manchester Fertility Services provide opportunities for the male partner to determine the psychological reasons behind his condition. Relationship counselling is available for couples needing to deal with issues between them. If there are no relationship issues we will help couples look into techniques that will help them to reignite the spark in their relationship. If the cause is due to drug or alcohol abuse then you will be referred to counselling to help you find a healthier way of living.
Drugs such as Viagra are generally successful at treating both primary and secondary erectile dysfunction but should only be taken under the guidance of a doctor. You do have to bear in mind however that if your issues are psychological you will not solve them by taking a tablet so if you do decide to take medication it should be used in conjunction with counselling sessions.
If you would like to contact us for a consultation contact us via our website http://www.manchestergynaecologist.co.uk/contact-us.html for more information.