Erectile dysfunction. When is a man considered impotent? Causes and treatment

Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Causes and treatment

Impotence called Erectile Dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man is unable to achieve and sustain an erection strong enough for sexual intercourse.

It may involve inability to achieve an erection or ejaculation, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain erections only briefly.

Most men occasionally find it difficult  becoming hard or staying firm. But it becomes a concern if this occurs on a number of occasions over a period of time. That is, if it becomes persistent.

This condition is more frequent in men in their 60s. This means that the risk of impotence increases with age.

This does not however rule out the fact that younger men also experience this problem.

It has been reported that a high number of young men experience this condition but are less likely to talk about it because of the feeling of embarrassment and inadequacy.

Also, men who are not so educated are more likely to experience this condition because they tend to live  more unhealthy lifestyles.


Erectile dysfunction often results from underlying condition such as Obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease or any other conditions that affect the supply of blood to the penis.

It could also result from taking certain medications and drugs or unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking, drinking alcohol, lack of physical exercise, and unhealthy eating habits.

Psychological issues such as fear, trauma, anxiety, stress, guilt and depression, may as well contribute to the risk of developing erectile dysfunction especially in younger men.

Other causes include injury to the spine, low testosterone, and even exposure to environmental toxins.


The first step is to diagnose for any underlying medical condition.

Stop every unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking and drinking

Reduce stress and develop healthy eating habits.

Aerobic exercise, such as a jog or even a brisk walk, can help blood to circulate better and improve ED in men with circulation issues. Also kegel exercise helps to improve blood circulation.

Eating lots of fruits especially Water melon. Research carried out showed that water melon contains a substance called citrulline which helps in increasing blood flow to the penis thereby improving erection.

Other commonly prescribed Erectile Dysfunction (ED) treatments include:
• Stendra (avanafil)
• Viagra (sildenafil)
• Cialis (tadalafil)
• Levitra or Staxyn (vardenafil)

These drugs however have side effects. This is why you should speak with your doctor for the best treatment option(s).

Remember, a healthy lifestyle contributes to a healthy sexual life.

Thanks for reading and stay healthy!