Men's Health Friday November 23, 2012

Why Is Impotence Becoming More Common?

According to a recent confidential collation of data collected from consultations done on HealthExpress, impotence in men is most prevalent in Westminster. However, impotence appears to be increasing elsewhere according to Dr Hilary Jones, medical adviser to HealthExpress.

Why is this the case? And why is impotence in men more widespread in some areas in comparison to others?

Impotence and our changing lifestyles

It's no secret that our lives today tend to be incredibly fast paced, especially in comparison to 50 years ago. Many of us need to work incredibly long hours in order to meet the demands of our work lives as well as our social lives. Although many of us are perfectly capable of dealing with this, it can become stressful at times. Stress can leave us feeling tired, distracted and even depressed, factors that are known psychological causes associated with impotence.

However, it's not just about stress as a result of high demand, but also stress placed on us by the fact that we aren't stimulated or satisfied in our jobs. Research has shown that frustrating jobs where men have little control over decision-making can also be stressful and can hold little job satisfaction, which can lead to conditions such as depression. Depression is a known cause of impotence, because it's often associated with miscommunication between nerve cells, which are essential in the erection process.

Impotence and our willingness to talk about it

Men are traditionally less focussed on their own physical health than women, but since the introduction of impotence treatments and initiatives such as Movember, impotence is no longer an insurmountable physical problem.

Most of us have heard of the impotence treatment Viagra, though for many this will be in jest rather than in recognition of its medical capabilities. Whether this notoriety is a good thing when it comes to discussion about impotence is something we have discussed in the past here on this blog. There is an argument to be made that this tendency towards humour may actually help to create awareness about male sexual health problems; if men are fundamentally less comfortable talking about their health, it's may be better to relay information in a less threatening, borderline comedic fashion.

This is not to say that impotence is not a serious matter; it can be an indicator of many serious health problems, but if it's presented in a less threatening manner, people seem to be more willing to talk about it. If more people talk about it then it will become less intimidating to talk to the one person you really should be talking to about it: your doctor.

Impotence and seeking treatment

Getting treatment for impotence isn't solely a matter of using impotence medications. Sometimes impotence can be related to other health conditions, such as high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, for which more people are being treated for in recent years. The growing number of men diagnosed and treated for these conditions can also therefore be related to the growing number of men being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction.

Impotence – People getting treatment online

HealthExpress provides online consultation services for people who are seeking help for impotence. The site also provides treatment to those people who are suitable to take them. This service is ideal for people who can't get to their doctor or who really don't want to speak to their doctor about their impotence problems.

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