Potency is the ability of man to have a sexual intercourse. Poor potency or impotence is the sign of erectile dysfunction (ED) – problems with excitation or a normal functioning of the male organ.
ED manifests itself in the impossibility to have a sexual intercourse or difficulties with ejaculation. Impotence is a complete, long absence of an erection.
In most cases, ED is a sign of a serious pathological process that affects many organs and systems. Moreover, a decrease in potency can be of a psychogenic character – a result of emotional trauma or a severely stressful situation.
Risk Factors for ED
Some of the risk factors for impotence include:
- Elderly age. According to statistics, every tenth man over the age of 21 has problems in sex life. At the same time, almost half of men who are 60 years old completely lose the ability to commit a full sexual intercourse.
- Chronic diseases. The main factors that negatively affect erectile function are inflammatory processes of the genitourinary system, high cholesterol level, arterial hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
- Unhealthy lifestyle. Smoking, alcohol, and drugs increase the risk of erectile dysfunction at least twice as bad habits lead to problems with blood vessels, worsening of all organs and systems, and accumulation of toxic substances in the body.
- Irregular sex life. The irregularity of sexual intercourses contributes to the appearance of the ED.
- Surgical interventions and drugs. About 21% of cases of ED are associated with surgeries on the pelvic organs. The use of certain drugs also can lead to impotence.
- Psychological factor. Psychological problems are also considered a risk factor for impotence. About 10%-20% of cases of ED are associated with depression, stressful situations, and other disorders.
Some of the well-known drugs that help enhance potency include:
Viagra or Sildenafil Citrate (also called generic Viagra) increases the blood flow in the penis, thus contributing to a normal erection. Its action is a response to the sexual arousal without affecting the reproductive function. It cannot be taken with other similar drugs or if it causes an allergic reaction.
Viagra cannot be used if you take nitroglycerin. It is also contraindicated in young men and those who suffer from kidney and liver problems. Viagra may cause headaches, nasal congestion, discoloration of the objects, increased brightness or blurring of vision, and dizziness.
Cialis, with Tadalafil as its active ingredient, is much more effective – it helps maintain an erection for almost 36 hours while Viagra is effective from 4 to 6 hours. Cialis has the same side effects and contraindications as Viagra.
Levitra or generic Vardenafil is another PDE5 inhibitor that also acts by increasing blood flow to the penis providing erection. This medicine should be taken about 1 hour before sexual intercourse. Its effect lasts for approximately 4-5 hours.
There are also natural supplements that help men improve sexual function. Before trying any treatment option, consult a doctor to get a proper prescription.