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
La erección nocturna del pene es un fenómeno normal que ocurre durante el sueño profundo y no está relacionada a la existencia de sueños eróticos. Este tipo de erección se inicia en la adolescencia y persiste durante buena parte de la vida. La presencia de erecciones nocturnas normales en hombres con disfunción eréctil indican que dicha disfunción puede tener una causa psicológica. En cambio, los hombres que no presentan erecciones ni siquiera durante el sueño normalmente tienen algún problema orgánico. Hombres con dificultades para alcanzar niveles de sueño profundo también pueden presentar este tipo de erección.

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The most important organic causes of impotence are cardiovascular disease and diabetes, neurological problems (for example, trauma from prostatectomy surgery), hormonal insufficiencies (hypogonadism) and drug side effects. Psychological impotence is where erection or penetration fails due to thoughts or feelings (psychological reasons) rather than physical impossibility; this is somewhat less frequent but can often be helped. In psychological impotence, there is a strong response to placebo treatment.
Modern drug therapy for ED made a significant advance in 1983, when British physiologist Giles Brindley dropped his trousers and demonstrated to a shocked Urodynamics Society audience his papaverine-induced erection.[32] The drug Brindley injected into his penis was a non-specific vasodilator, an alpha-blocking agent, and the mechanism of action was clearly corporal smooth muscle relaxation. The effect that Brindley discovered established the fundamentals for the later development of specific, safe, and orally effective drug therapies.[33][better source needed][34][better source needed]
It is normal for a man to have five to six erections during sleep, especially during rapid eye movement (REM). Their absence may indicate a problem with nerve function or blood supply in the penis. There are two methods for measuring changes in penile rigidity and circumference during nocturnal erection: snap gauge and strain gauge. A significant proportion of men who have no sexual dysfunction nonetheless do not have regular nocturnal erections.

Afrodisíacos y tratamientos alternativos. Los afrodisíacos son sustancias que supuestamente aumentan el impulso, el deseo y el desempeño sexual. La leyenda ha atribuido cualidades afrodisíacas a alimentos como los chiles, el chocolate, el regaliz, la manteca, las anchoas, las ostras y las vieiras. El "Spanish fly" o cantáridas, hecho de escarabajos secos, es el afrodisíaco más "famoso" y es particularmente inútil y nocivo.
Cuando existe un estímulo sexual, el cerebro del hombre envía información (neurotransmisores) a través de la médula espinal hasta los nervios. Los neurotransmisores alcanzan la musculatura lisa de las paredes de los espacios sinusoidales en los cuerpos cavernosos del pene y éstos, al liberarse, producen la relajación del músculo que se expande dejando entrar sangre en el pene. La expansión produce a su vez la compresión de las venas reteniendo la sangre en el interior de los cuerpos cavernosos lo que produce el aumento de longitud y grosor del pene que se conoce como erección.

Existe disfunción eréctil cuando el hombre es incapaz de conseguir la suficiente rigidez del pene, que permita una penetración vaginal completa, que dé lugar a un orgasmo con eyaculación en el fondo vaginal posterior, resultando una relación sexual satisfactoria. Esta incapacidad se tiene que manifestar de forma persistente para poder considerarlo como alteración.
La erección del pene ocurre cuando el cuerpo cavernoso, dos estructuras esponjosas en forma de cilindros paralelos dentro del pene, queda lleno de sangre. El pene se hincha de tal modo que comprime sus venas impidiendo que la sangre retorne hacia el resto del organismo. El cuerpo cavernoso queda, así, lleno de sangre, manteniendo la erección hasta el final del estímulo sexual. Cuando hay un orgasmo o cuando el estímulo para la erección acaba, el cuerpo cavernoso se vacía, el pene vuelve a quedar flácido.
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.
Además de los tratamientos referidos, el asesoramiento con un psicólogo o psiquiatra y la terapia de pareja son también muy importantes, pues ayudan a tratar otros problemas como miedos e inseguridades que puedan existir y que estén también contribuyendo al problema. La psicoterapia también se indica en estos casos para ayudar a tratar el estrés, la ansiedad y la depresión.
Existen muchos malentendidos en este tema. Como resultado del proceso de envejecimiento, suele haber un periodo refractario mayor —tiempo necesario para una nueva erección después de un orgasmo. La edad también parece afectar el tiempo necesario para excitarse y para la erección y la eyaculación. Todos estos se consideran cambios no patológicos. Sin embargo, la sexualidad no tiene fecha de caducidad. Si la DE se da más en personas mayores, es sólo porque es más probable que sufran enfermedades asociadas a la DE y que usen más medicamentos que alteren la función eréctil.
Una manera de saber se sufre de impotencia sexual es intentar estimularse sexualmente, si estás sano y todo va bien, la erección llegará sin problema. Si no lo consigues, y esto te ocurre durante unos cuantos días o semanas, y estás ese tiempo si lograr la erección, seguramente tengas un problema. ¿Qué hacer? En el siguiente apartado te lo mostramos.
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.

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