Impotence is something that affects millions of men in the UK and can happen for a variety of reasons. Information on Impotence can be obtained on the BBC Website here.
In their paper “Management guidelines for erectile dysfunction – Principles of treatment”, published in the British Medical Journal, David Ralph,consultant and Tom McNicholas,consultant, for the Erectile Dysfunction Alliance UK state,
“For most patients, the final selection oftreatment will be according to their choice. The role of the professionalis to inform the patient and help him to make a reasoned choice.Most erectile dysfunction is multifactorial; organic and psychologicalelements may both need to beaddressed”.
Ref: BMJ 2000;321:499-503 ( 19 August )
One of the psychologicalelements which may contribut to erectile dysfunction (Impotence) is called subjective penile deficiency or Body Dysmorphic Disorder(BBD). Research shows that people do suffer from psychological problems relating to subjective penile deficiency. In their article “The “small penis”: considerations about subjective penile deficiency” the authors state,
“In sexology clinical practice you can see quite frequently patients who make complaints about their penis not being big enough. The Authors suggest that the subjective feeling of penis deficiency is a symptom which needs to be properly diagnosed and understood, in order to be able to make effective therapeutic interventions, from a psychotherapeutic, psychopharmacologic or surgical point of view”.
Ref: Rosso C, Ostacoli L, Garbolino S, et.al., Arch Ital Urol Androl 1998 Dec;70(5):227-33
Penis Enlargement: If you are one of those people who suffer from subjective penile deficiency or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BBD) there are various ways of treating the condition. The following website claims that their 100% NATURAL way to penis enlargement is effective in a lot of cases. However, all proposed treatments should be discussed with your doctor first. Visit their website here.
The Impotence Association is a charitable organisation which was set up to help sufferers of impotence (erectile dysfunction) and their partners and to raise awareness of the condition amongst both the public and the medical profession. Visit their website here
“Impotent men who take a new drug for the condition may be able to have sex up to 24 hours later” More here……..
“Nerve grafts help maintain erectile function, researchers say”
Salvaging a nerve from the ankle, surgeons have found they can rewire the penis so men achieve erections and have sex after operations to remove their cancerous prostate glands. More on this here.
More on Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)
Erectile tissue is rich in tiny pool-shaped blood vessels called cavernous sinuses, which are surrounded by smooth muscles and supported by elastic fibrous tissue composed of a protein called collagen. Oxygen itself affects two substances that are important in achieving erection: it suppresses transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-B1) and enhances prostaglandin E1. Studies have indicated that regular bicycling may pose a risk for erectile dysfunction by reducing blood flow to the penis.
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‘Natural sex enhancers’
Can Niagara and other “natural” potions and pills enhance your sex life? More here.
Natural products for sexual dysfunction
Everyone looks for natural products that may help with a minor symptom or ailment and this is true especially for conditions that modern medicine does not seem to do a good job with. Sexual dysfunction and decreased libido is one area that is often the subject of looking for relief from natural products.
As it turns out, there are some successful natural therapies for certain sexual problems. For example anti-depressant associated sexual dysfunction has been improved using Gingko biloba extract. One study using 120 mg of Gingko biloba extract twice a day found a positive effect in improving the ability to become sexually aroused in men and women using paroxetine (Paxil(R)) and sertraline (Zoloft(R)).
Ginseng and yohimbine may also help anti-depressant associated sexual dysfunction but they seem to have a much higher incidence of side effects including hypertension. Using them would best be under a doctor’s monitoring or at least a regular check of blood pressure.
Damiana is another herb that has been used to stimulate sexual desire. It does have some progesterone receptor activity but has not been well enough studied to recommend for or against its use. For a discussion of these and other natural products and their effect upon sexual dysfunction, click here.