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What is erectile dysfunction? Causes, symptoms and treatment of male impotence – Here’s all you need to know

ERECTILE dysfunction is considered a tragic experience for any man and renders what may have once been your pride and joy a lifeless, floppy, waste of space. If you’re having problems ‘…

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ERECTILE dysfunction is considered a tragic experience for any man and renders what may have once been your pride and joy a lifeless, floppy, waste of space.

If you're having problems 'getting it up', you are far from alone and plenty of help is out there.

 Don't look at me: This man would be a lot better off if he knew about some of the treatments out there for erectile dysfunction Don't look at me: This man would be a lot better off if he knew about some of the treatments out there for erectile dysfunction

What is erectile dysfunction?

The condition is sometimes referred to as impotence and is characterised by the inability to get or maintain an erection.

Psychological impotence refers to when a man can't get it up because of thoughts or feelings that are holding him back.

When impotence is caused by underlying physical health problems it tends to be longer-lasting and treatment is needed.

What are the psychological causes of erectile dysfunction?

Depression and anxiety can both cause erectile dysfunction as a sufferer's libido is hampered by feelings of sadness or worry.

Relationship issues, lack of sexual knowledge, and past sexual abuse can also be responsible.

Sometimes entering a new relationship is the problem and feelings of guilt are also a known cause.

 Often reducing stress or doing more exercise can soon help a man return to form Often reducing stress or doing more exercise can soon help a man return to form

Recently, it was revealed that men addicted to porn were at risk of erectile dysfunction because their "sexual tolerance is higher".

Dr Joseph Alukal, associate professor of urology and director of male reproductive health at New York University, said: “Visual stimulation will often increase sexual arousal in both men and women.

“But when the majority of their time is spent viewing and masturbating to pornography, it is likely they will become less interested in real-world sexual encounters.

“These studies suggest the issue may be trivial in women, but not so for men, and could lead to sexual dysfunction.

“Sex is half in your body and half in your head and it may not be a physical component driving the behaviour, but a psychological one.

“For this reason, it’s important for physicians to understand the underlying issues leading to the sexual dysfunction prior to suggesting treatment options.”

What are the physical causes of erectile dysfunction?

There are four main types of physical condition that can cause impotence in men.

  • Vasculogenic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes affect the flow of blood to your penis and cause erectile dysfunction.
  • Neurogenic conditions, which affect the nerves and include disorders such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sceloris, are also responsible.
  • A hormonal disorder, affecting your hormones, is another example of a physical problem that can lead to impotence.
  • An anatomical condition is something that affects the tissue or structure of the penis and is the fourth physical cause. Old age is also commonly associated with impotence.

What to do if your erectile dysfunction is not physical or psychological?

Some men experience impotence when they have too much to drink.

Drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, crack and heroin can also lead to problems in the bedroom.

When a man is extremely tired this can also make it more difficult to get it up.

 Feeling blue: Viagra is famous all over the world for its effectiveness in helping men to get an erection Feeling blue: Viagra is famous all over the world for its effectiveness in helping men to get an erection

What treatments are there for erectile dysfunction?

Health specialists will often treat impotence by targeting an underlying health condition which is causing it such as heart disease or diabetes.

Lifestyle changes are also recommended such as losing weight, quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol, exercising more, and reducing stress.

Viagra, a medication to help erectile dysfunction, is now available over the counter in the UK.

Aside from that, Cialis, Levitra, and Spedra can also be prescribed.

These drugs are known a Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors.

However these medications should be used with caution in men who have heart problems.

Sex therapists out there can also help men to get hard again but this treatment only works if the problem is psychological.

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A seven-metre shadow of the beast was spotted at the West Country village of Porthcurno.

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Former councillor and head of social services Graham Bould, 60, is said to have preyed on a 15-year-old when Telford’s grooming epidemic began to spread.

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He confessed he knew the boy was just 15 but had become attracted to him after they shared a sauna, The Mirror reports.

He was slapped with a 12-month community rehabilitation order at Wolverhampton crown court in 2001 for two indecent assaults.

The same teenager was also set upon by Anglican vicar Rev Michael Keen, 78, the paper reported.

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The teenager believed both Bould and Keen worked together to stop him reporting the assaults to authorities.

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Diplomats spend £15,000 of your cash every MONTH shipping art for their homes

TAXPAYERS are forking out £15,000 a month to ship paintings and sculptures to adorn the homes of British ambassadors and diplomats around the world. The cost of moving government artworks over the …

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TAXPAYERS are forking out £15,000 a month to ship paintings and sculptures to adorn the homes of British ambassadors and diplomats around the world.

The cost of moving government artworks over the past five years has hit an eye-watering £790,900, new figures reveal.

 The British Embassy in Moscow, to where nine pieces of art were shipped at a cost of £6,238 to the taxpayerAlamy The British Embassy in Moscow, to where nine pieces of art were shipped at a cost of £6,238 to the taxpayer

Sometimes the air freight bill for a single painting is several times more expensive that a plane ticket for an official travelling with it.

Huge sums have been paid to transport a fresh batch of art to an embassy walls, while the “old” pictures are shipped back to Britain.

In one case, a total of £38,919 was spent sending nine artworks to an ambassador’s residence in Beijing, China, and returning another 14 to the UK.

On another occasion, a painting swap on the walls of the home of the UK’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France, ended up costing more than £2,000.

 The city of Beijing, where £38,919 was once spent to send nine artworks to the British ambassador’s residenceAlamy The city of Beijing, where £38,919 was once spent to send nine artworks to the British ambassador’s residence

First, an oil painting showing Nelson being carried by his men on HMS Victory after having been fatally wounded during the famous Battle of Trafalgar, was taken down and shipped back to the UK.

Then, a second painting of Nelson was shipped out to the residence from London and hung on the walls of the property. Taking the first painting from Strasbourg to London cost £1,337 and the bill for shipping out its replacement was £1,069.

Duncan Simpson, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will find it remarkable that diplomats feel the need for the government’s art collection to follow them round on a whim.

“Diplomats are already entitled to gallivant round the world in business class, send their children to boarding school and retire with some of the best pensions in the public sector, all at taxpayers’ expense.

“Sir Humphrey’s should stick to representing HM Government, and not angle for the curator’s job at the Royal Academy.”

 Duncan Simpson, an analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance Duncan Simpson, an analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance

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