Male Impotence - A Brief

Male impotence has been named as one of the cultural diseases of modern age. Though other medical issues like lifestyle diseases such as diabetes or AIDS etc have sufficient visibility to the larger masses, male impotence though a very serious concern and condition does not occupy the visible space that is viewed by the masses. However, the male libido has been widely discussed and debated and such discussions are promoted actively by the pharmaceutical industry which have invested millions of dollars to build and market medications such as Viagra etc.

Male impotence is not only concerned with individuals, but has a larger impact on the family and society as well. The family and society as well as the culture and the external environment too has a bearing on male impotence. Since 1800 medical community as well as the sociologists and psychiatrists and psychologists have been conducting extensive research and studies to understand male impotence. With passage of time, our understanding of male impotency has been growing.

Prior to 1800, the societies were very closely bound and the enforcement of moral conduct was very strictly followed. It was felt that the youth were repressed and the repression of sexual freedom lead to aggressive sexual behavior. Doctors believed that the male impotence was caused due to excessive sexual indulgence in the youth and also thought that it was a temporary phase which could be cured. The other thought that was prevalent amongst the medical community was that male impotence was age related and a natural phenomenon. However it was later revealed that the male body continues to produce testosterone and is able to father a child even at advancing age. Unlike the females who go through menopause and cease to ovulate, the male body does go through andropause but continues to remail sexually active. However with andropause, the quanitity of testosterone produced does reduce significantly and thus reduces the muscle mass in the body as well as can lead to a reduction in the sexual drive of the individual.

However with the wars and economic hardships suffered by the society in the later years, it was revealed that male impotence had to do with the psychological trauma and anxiety faced by the individuals. Extensive research and studies revealed that male impotence was not only a pathological and medical condition but largely had to do with the psychological makeup of the patient. Psychoanalysis revealed that individuals who suffered from inhibitions, suppression as well as emotional suffering could exhibit excessive sexual drive and behavior that helped them deal with their sense of identity as well as with their inner torments. Excessive indulgence in sex over a prolonged period can deplete the body of its vital energy as well as result in physical damage to the body organs.

Today the understanding of causes of male impotence is much better and the doctors hold a holistic view of the problem. The treat accordingly includes medication as well as therapy, counseling with psychiatrists to heal the mind and heart along with the body.