The most obvious symptom of impotence is the inability to attain a sufficient erection that lasts for the duration of intercourse. However, a one-off occurrence of a problem gaining or maintaining an erection does not mean that a man is suffering from impotence; there are many factors that could influence such an event. If the symptoms of impotence are recurrent or at least semi-regular, then it is very likely that the individual is suffering from impotence.
There are several different ways impotence symptoms can become apparent. These include:
- An occasional inability to achieve an erection
You may experience only the occasional inability to get an erection or sustain it for sexual intercourse with a partner, while you may be able to get erections when you masturbate, or naturally when you wake up in the morning.
- Your symptoms develop very quickly
You might find that your symptoms develop almost overnight. Abrupt development of erectile dysfunction usually suggests a psychological cause, such as anxiety, stress or depression.
- The inability to achieve an erection develops slowly over a long period
You may find that your inability to get an erection is something that develops slowly and steadily over time. You will notice it becoming more and more of a problem. If this should occur, your symptoms are probably more likely to be diagnosed as being due to physical reasons.
Additionally, other symptoms of impotence include problems with ejaculation or orgasm. These symptoms are usually related to other conditions, but they may play a role in erectile dysfunction.
It’s important that a doctor should diagnose your condition instead of you attempting self diagnosis, especially before you try to find treatment. This will help you to get an idea of exactly what is causing your condition, which is essential for finding the best possible treatment.
Impotence has also, in a small number of cases, been shown to be an early signifier of other more serious health problems. Having these conditions detected early could considerably benefit your long term health.
When to be concerned about impotence symptoms
Though it is naturally distressing to experience symptoms that indicate impotence, there are times when the condition could actually be a symptom itself of something else. This is why it is important to discuss the condition with your doctor if you feel you are experiencing impotence symptoms regularly.
Impotence symptoms can be a warning sign of:
- Heart disease
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries caused by a build up of fatty deposits)
- Low testosterone levels
Though the various impotence treatments that are available should be able to treat the impotence symptoms you are experiencing, it is important to be aware of the possibility of an underlying cause. If this underlying cause is identified and then treated, this should also treat the impotence you are experiencing without the need for additional impotence medications.