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Impotence Help - Answers For Those Embarrassing Erectile Dysfunction Questions

Updated on November 22, 2009

We Need To Have A Talk About Impotence

Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, is the masculine answer to all of the feminine problems we get bombarded with daily in ads and on TV. We've seen the ads for Vagisil, Summer's Eve Douche, and Stay Free Maxi Pads ... Ugh!

Well, erectile dysfunction is our first guys night out on TV since the invention of jock itch, and you don't have to be athletic to experience this one - you just need to be in love! Great, isn't it?

That's right ... this won't be your typical article on erectile dysfunction, but I believe the guys have already read enough to deflate their egos (please excuse the pun) for years to come, and are in need of someone upbeat to announce - I will not allow this condition to keep me down!

Which brings us to erectile dysfunction. What exactly is it?

What Is Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to establish a lasting erection. If you need a visual on that, go out to the store and buy a bag of those long tubelike balloons and blow one up fully. Hold it in your lap and smile, as this represents every man's fantasy.

Now, let out most, but not all of the air. At about 6 inches in length, this estimates the average reality. Not as much to smile about, but in the dark ... who knows, right?

Okay ... let all the air out. Looks like a sock without a foot inside, right? This is a good example of erectile dysfunction, and if you're still smiling I hope it's because you are snickering over what it was like when the balloon was full. Because, if this is what it's constantly like below the balloon - you have a medical condition that needs to be addressed.

So, you're all fine, right?

Hmmm ... that nod is the opposite of a yes, so I assume that means I must go on. But first, allow me to let someone else do the talking before I go any deeper into this subject.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by many different things, such as:

  • a reduction of blood flow caused by the hardening or narrowing of arteries
  • high levels of blood sugar - typically caused by diabetes mellitus
  • smoking - makes you think about that cigarette afterward, eh?
  • over the counter and illegal drugs - especially high blood pressure medications, heart medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, and antidepressants (which in this case *can* lead one to depression)
  • psychological issue - stress, guilt, depression, etc.

Basically, whatever slows down the flow of blood or makes you lose interest is a candidate for the cause.

Emotional Erectile Dysfunction

You can pop Viagra and Cialis like they are Pez candies to overcome emotional dysfunction, but I highly recommend against it! The truth is, if psychological issues are preventing the rise of Beethoven's 8th Symphony you are better off seeing a psychiatrist and working through these issues.

Erectile dysfunction meds aren't designed to make you feel better, they are designed to help you work past a medical impasse that is impeding your ... um ... performance.  As such, emotional cases need emotional help, and once that help is received you will no longer need fancy medicines to arise to the occasion.

Medical Erectile Dysfunction

Medical erectile dysfunction is a different ballgame. In some cases, it's as simple as going to the doctor to have an underlying physical condition resolved, but some situations aren't fully treatable. So, what do you do then?

Provided you have a sexually active partner you want to keep up with, you need to ask for something to ... give you that extra umph! Now, if your stuck with a female doctor that could be a problem - as no guy wants to ask his female doctor for performance medicine. However, a stray male nurse (yeah, they have those) walking by could be coerced into asking her for you, which will take away some of the sting of asking.

Think of it this way fellas ... If you couldn't pee for a week would you walk out of the doctor's office in pain with a full bladder? Most certainly not ... you would pass out on the way to the door. But that's not the point I want to make. The point I do want to make is that all doctors are professionals and they get these squeamish questions daily. So, show your doctor you are manly enough to ask them!

What Should I Ask For?

As I write this article, the two main erectile dysfunction meds out on the market are Cialis and Viagra. Of course, as I complete writing this, no less than three more are probably in the works. Your doctor will be able to recommend what he or she feels is best, and from there you need only take it as prescribed. Which brings us to the next embarrassing question ...

Are There Any Possible Side Effects?

hen you are prescribed any med by your doctor, you should always ask about possible side effects. Typical side effects for Viagra are:

  • they can affect how you see colors
  • headaches
  • heart attacks
  • psychological dependency

Cialis doesn't cause problems with color perception, but it can cause muscle aches.

Also, there is another option called Levitra, which seems a bit less harsh than the other two on your body.

How Potent Are They?

Viagra and Levitra will have you ready on the launchpad for about four hours, whereas Cialis can be effective for more than a day.

In some rare cases people have been known to have an erection that lasted longer than four hours. This might sound like fun to you and me, but it's actually a serious medical condition called priapism.

After four hours, cells inside of - ahem, Herbie - start to die off due to lack of oxygen and if enough cells die this will create a worse problem than the one you are currently treating. Over four hours isn't a gift - it's a curse!

Am I Alone With This Problem?

It's not the kind of thing men discuss at the football game or in front of the water cooler, so you might think you are all alone on this one. Fact is, over 18 million men share in your situation and many of them seek treatment, as you should.

Yes, it's an embarrassing problem, but with the new HIPAA laws, your health care provider isn't allowed to discuss this issue with anyone outside of your treatment team - not even their dog! As such, your secret will be safe with them and the love of your life will think you've been working out at the gym! That's the story you intend to give, right? Trust me ... they'll be more than happy to pay for that membership to the YMCA, when they are the ones receiving a majority of the benefit!

So, lie low and continue to feel inadequate, or rise to the occasion and enjoy the sweet liberty of romantic bliss! The choice, of course, is always yours ... :)

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      CARL 5 years ago

      Highly Useful information for me. thanks for sharing

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      Austin Miller 7 years ago

      Have protein rich food and drink lot of water. Try herbal supplement for male sexual energy. There is a product called Invigo, it is very good for improving sexual energy levels. Keep in mind that it will take at least two weeks to see results. But effect of Invigo is very good and this will last for more than one year. Definitely you will get your confidence in sex and get rigid and harder erection for long duration. You can see increase in semen volume and sperm count after 2-3 weeks of usage.

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      afzal our 7 years ago

      I had premature menopause that started at the age of 39 and now I am 46 and have not had a period in over a year and I have the night sweats the hot flashes like someone stuck my head in an oven at any given moment during the day and night and I sleep with the air conditioner on all the time and a fan right next to my bed, my poor husband who is only at the ripe old age of 32 (oh what was I thinking lol) doesnt entirely understand the lack of sex drive because like the average 32 year old male he is always up and at em if you know what I mean. Anyway, I think I will have him read this so he knows what I am going through and doesn't just think that its all in my head. Thanks so much for this info it was a great read, rated you up and Cheers.

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      Natalie Bonanski 8 years ago

      Be sure to not feel embarrassed in confiding with your doctor and finding out everything you need to know about ED. Sometimes it helps to do some research on your own on authoritative sites like WebMD or the Mayo Clinic's website, write down some questions and concerns, and make sure everything you need to know is covered.

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      yoshi97 8 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      Evidently, alcohol relaxes one a bit too much ... :)

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      Laurel Rogers 8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Most of the men in my life-long, long ago (No pun intended!)-have had troubles in this area (Again, no pun intended!) due to psychological issues and alcohol. Mostly alcohol, I have to say!!