The term impotence derives from the Latin word impotent and refers to the lack or insufficiency of power to specify one thing, the impossibility of men to conclude intercourse or the inability to have offspring.
For example: “I felt very helpless when I couldn't defend my son”, "The player showed his helplessness by hitting back an opponent", "I know a sexologist who can help you treat impotence".
Sometimes, the concept of impotence is associated with the idea of inability or ineptitude. A tennis player can show his helplessness by being clearly defeated by an opponent. In this case, impotence can also be linked to frustration. The tennis player who lost will reflect his impotence in a certain body posture, in his gestures or even in statements he makes during or after the game.
The healthcare professionals instead they talk about sexual impotence to mention the inability of the man to maintain a sexual relationship or to procreate. In this context, it is possible to distinguish different kinds of impotence according to the dysfunction in question.
The so-called impotence erigendi (better known as erectile dysfunction ), for example, is the sustained impossibility over time of getting or maintaining an erection. The most frequent causes of impotence erigendi are physical, such as a disease or one injury . When the causes depend on a mental process, there is talk of psychic impotence.
Anxiety, stress or depression are some of the mental situations that can lead to a man suffering from this impotence. But not only those professionals also establish as a possible source of it the lack of physical exercise, suffering insomnia, being in a time of work failure or fatigue.
On a physical level, as we have already stated, the causes of man having to deal with this sexual problem can be several. However, we could classify them in the following categories:
Vascular Diabetes, disorders regarding cholesterol levels, heart disease or hypertension are some of the pathologies that are primarily included in this section.
Pharmacological Having a treatment to alleviate a specific disease can mean that the intake of the appropriate medications can lead to impotence.
Neurological Having multiple sclerosis, having spinal cord injuries or having problems with the pelvis are three of the most frequent causes in this category.
There are various treatments that exist to get the patient to end his impotence problem. Among them are the intake of specific drugs such as Levitra or Viagra, hormonal treatment or psychiatric counseling, which will be used depending on the origin and cause of the aforementioned sexual disorder.
However, there are also home remedies that, to some extent, can be useful such as taking ginseng, sprouted wheat or salads with alfalfa.
The powerlessness (also cited simply as sterility ), on the other hand, is characterized by leaving who suffers without the possibility of having children even when the penetration takes place without major inconveniences. This may be due to a malfunction of the sexual organs or the defective production of gametes (ovules or sperm, depending on gender).