Orgánicas: son las de origen anatómico, genitourinario, urológico (lesiones congénitas del pene), endocrino (diabetes), infeccioso, neurológico (lesiones cerebrales, lesiones medulares), vascular (arteriosclerosis) o farmacológicas (por el consumo de sustancias adictivas: alcoholismo, tabaquismo, algunos medicamentos, sustancias adictivas ilegales) (constituyen el 15 por ciento de los casos).2​

In exchange for political impotence, they would be mostly left alone and allowed to get rich. — Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Their suspicion is compounded by rumors that the polio vaccine causes impotence, death and, ironically, paralysis. — Meher Ahmad, New York Times, "Pakistan Has Just One New Polio Case, but Isn’t Declaring Victory Yet," 20 May 2018 Fighting back, even as an exercise in impotence, did a lot for McCain. — Alex Horton, Washington Post, "John McCain rebelled at the Naval Academy — and as a POW — long before he was a Senate maverick," 3 May 2018 Feelings of desperation and impotence are being felt throughout Central America, where the lawlessness, endemic poverty and levels of gang violence akin to war zones that have driven so many families from their homes show little signs of abating. — Washington Post, "Violence keeps Central Americans coming to US despite Trump," 21 June 2018 Uruguay's attacking impotence forced Oscar Tabarez to make two changes before the hour mark, with Nahitan Nandez and Giorgian de Arrascaeta replaced by Carlos Sanchez and Cristian Rodriguez. — SI.com, "Egypt 0-1 Uruguay: La Celeste Start With a Win as Gimenez Header Breaks Pharaohs' Hearts," 15 June 2018 It was fueled by physician ignorance and impotence, the habit of looking askance at patients whose symptoms could not be explained, and the arrival in the U.S. of German psychoanalysts who were disciples of Sigmund Freud. — Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 That signing's top attribute had better be goal-scoring, because the Sounders simply can't sustain with this level of attacking impotence. — Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 14: Don't Hold Your Breath for an MLS Cup Threematch," 4 June 2018 Prostate cancer surgery in particular can have severe results, including incontinence and impotence. — Steven Petrow, Washington Post, "Watching but not treating cancer can be hard. Sometimes it’s the right approach.," 20 May 2018

Penile erection is managed by two mechanisms: the reflex erection, which is achieved by directly touching the penile shaft, and the psychogenic erection, which is achieved by erotic or emotional stimuli. The former uses the peripheral nerves and the lower parts of the spinal cord, whereas the latter uses the limbic system of the brain. In both cases, an intact neural system is required for a successful and complete erection. Stimulation of the penile shaft by the nervous system leads to the secretion of nitric oxide (NO), which causes the relaxation of smooth muscles of corpora cavernosa (the main erectile tissue of penis), and subsequently penile erection. Additionally, adequate levels of testosterone (produced by the testes) and an intact pituitary gland are required for the development of a healthy erectile system. As can be understood from the mechanisms of a normal erection, impotence may develop due to hormonal deficiency, disorders of the neural system, lack of adequate penile blood supply or psychological problems.[17] Spinal cord injury causes sexual dysfunction including ED. Restriction of blood flow can arise from impaired endothelial function due to the usual causes associated with coronary artery disease, but can also be caused by prolonged exposure to bright light.
Los especialistas señalan la importancia de tratar el problema y acudir a un profesional. El doctor Natalio Cruz, Coordinador del Grupo de Andrología de la Asociación Española de Urología (AEU), señala que “el primer paso para tratar una disfunción eréctil es identificar los factores de riesgo que han favorecido su aparición y actuar frente a ellos”, remarcando que “ afortunadamente existen diversas opciones de tratamiento y el objetivo principal es poder mejorar la calidad de vida de los pacientes y utilizar técnicas menos agresivas”.
Los estudios demuestran que la probabilidad de que se produzca algún grado de disfunción eréctil en el hombre deprimido, oscila entre el 60% y el 90%, dependiendo de la gravedad de la depresión. Aunque superar la depresión puede ser una tarea lenta y difícil, la recuperación no tiene por qué verse complicada por los problemas de erección. Por este motivo, es fundamental que ambos componentes de la pareja estén bien informados sobre la disfunción eréctil, de forma que puedan tratarla si llega a producirse.
Entre las causas psíquicas se encuentran el miedo a fallar, la ansiedad, el estrés, la tensión y el nerviosismo. Todas ellas influyen de manera negativa puesto que estimulan la producción de adrenalina por parte del sistema nervioso, que afecta al ritmo cardíaco y disminuye el grosor de las arterias. Como consecuencia de la vasoconstricción que se produce, la circulación de la sangre al pene llega defectuosa. Además, existen casos de causas mixtas donde pueden coexistir las orgánicas y psíquicas.
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