Causes of Impotence


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Causes of Impotence: About 70% of cases of impotence are actually caused by an underlying disease, such as diabetes or kidney disease, rather than a mental or physical problem. Secondary impotence from various drugs and medications is common. Physical damage from injury or surgery is another common cause of impotence. Psychological causes of impotence are estimated to be only 10-20% of cases. Although psychological aspects such as anxiety and fear of sexual failure are commonly associated with impotence, they are not usually the real case, but are a reaction to having impotence.

Cause of Impotence: Impotence usually has a physical cause, such as disease, injury, or drug side-effects. Any disorder that impairs blood flow in the penis has the potential to cause impotence. 1

Cause statistics for Impotence: The following are statistics from various sources about the causes of Impotence:

  • 3.9% of diabetic men attending specialist diabetes services had an erectile dysfunction in Australia 2002 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

Underlying condition causes of Impotence: The list of possible underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Impotence) mentioned in various sources as possible causes of Impotence includes:

Impotence as a complication: Other conditions that might have Impotence as a complication might be potential underlying causes of Impotence. The list of conditions listing Impotence as a complication in our database includes:

Impotence as a symptom: Conditions listing Impotence as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Impotence. The list of conditions listing Impotence as a symptom in our database includes:

Causes of Impotence: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Impotence:

Related information for causes of Impotence: Further relevant information on causes of Impotence may be found in the risk factors for Impotence and underlying causes of Impotence.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Impotence: NIDDK

Last revision: Nov 12, 2003

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