Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)

By: Joe Swails

What is impotence?
Impotence is where a man cannot develop and/or maintain an erect penis for sexual performance.

Although impotence is a common complaint and can occur at any age, it is most commonly older men that suffer from the condition. The good news is that, although there are treatments for impotence, the vast majority of men find they are able to improve and overcome their condition through sensible lifestyle changes.

Impotence can be caused by:

heart disease


damage to nerves or blood vessels

thyroid or kidney problems

hormonal problems

high blood pressure


excessive alcohol consumption

overwork and tiredness

side-effects of medication

Psychological conditions which can also cause impotence include:

Stress and anxiety

Relationship problems


Boredom with sex

If you struggle with maintaining an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse, and this condition continues for several weeks, then make an appointment with your GP. After making an assessment of your overall medical condition, he or she will discuss your erectile dysfunction problems with you and then advise on a number of different tests and treatments, and also possibly refer you to a suitable therapist if appropriate.

Effect on your life
Due to being embarrassed about their condition, men with impotence commonly struggle with it for years without seeking medical advice or assistance. However, if you are finding it difficult to maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual performance then it is best to seek help quickly, as this could erode quality of life for you and your partner, and, in some cases, lead to relationship breakdown. Also, the situation can become a vicious circle as worrying about your condition could be contributing to the problem.

Treatments used to help men overcome impotence include:

Effective tablet treatments

Psychosexual counselling

Injections into the base of the penis

Surgery (in rare cases)

There are also ways you can help yourself:

Lose weight by taking regular exercise and eating a balanced diet

Stop smoking

Reduce stress by practising relaxation techniques

Get plenty of rest

How Chemist Online can help
Through this website we have available to buy a range of treatments which can help with impotence, such as Sen morinda+13 – a well-known Chinese formula which has been used for decades by Chinese men to increase libido and overcome impotence.

Advice & Support
Sexual Dysfunction Association
Tel. 0870 77 43 571

British Society for Sexual Medicine
Tel. 01543 432757 / 432622

This information and advice is not intended to replace the advice of your GP or chemist. Chemist Online is also not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based upon the content of the Chemist Online website. Chemist Online is also not liable for the contents of any external internet sites listed, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of the sites.

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