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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Erectile dysfunction

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Impotence

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced impotence. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Erectile Dysfunction

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem affecting millions of men. Patients with ED are unable to get and maintain an erection during sex.

    There are numerous treatment options that will fully control ED.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    impotence
    Symptoms that always occur with erectile dysfunction:
    impotence
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Late Onset Hypogonadism

    In the male body, the testicles produce a sex hormone called testosterone. In the adult man, testosterone affects fertility, libido, mental and physical energy levels, muscle strength, and general well being. Late-onset hypogonadism refers to a condition where not enough testosterone is produced after puberty has already passed (hence the name late-onset).

    Outlook depends on underlying cause, but hormone therapy is highly effective.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, depressed mood, irritability
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Spinal Stenosis

    The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, thigh pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Diabetic Neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a condition where pain, numbness, weakness, and motor loss occur in the limbs due to the effects of diabetes on the nerves.

    Symptoms can last a lifetime.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, diarrhea, fatigue
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Panic or Anxiety Attack(s)

    Panic or anxiety attacks are sudden feelings of intense fear or stress without true danger. Symptoms usually peak and then decrease within minutes. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart. A panic attack can be a very scary experience and should be taken seriously.

    Depending on recurrence

    Rarity:
    Common
    Symptoms that always occur with panic or anxiety attack(s):
    anxiety or anxiety/panic attacks
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Depression

    Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, work, and friendships.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, headache, anxiety, irritability
    Symptoms that always occur with depression:
    depressed mood
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Multiple Sclerosis (Ms)

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is involved in carrying nerve signals so this damage causes interruptions in nerve signaling.

    This is a lifelong condition; however, treatment may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    severe fatigue, constipation, numbness, decreased sex drive, signs of optic neuritis
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson's disease is a lifelong condition movement disorder. It is caused by the malfunction and death of nerve cells which results in symptoms like tremors.

    Parkinson's disease is a lifelong condition with no cure, however, medication and behavioral modifications may help manage symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, nausea, constipation
    Symptoms that always occur with parkinson's disease:
    symptoms of parkinsonism
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Cauda Equina Syndrome (Slow - Onset)

    Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

FAQs About Impotence

Here are some frequently asked questions about impotence.

Why do I have sudden erectile dysfunction?

Sudden erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a sign of impingement of a nerve in the spine that provides sensation or erection to the penis. If you have a sudden loss of sensation, or sudden erectile dysfunction following a blow to the body or particularly wild or jerky movement, you may have compressed a never in your spine and should seek medical attention immediately.

What causes erectile dysfunction in young men?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) in young men is more often psychological than functional. Data suggests that erectile dysfunction in young men may be increasing rapidly because of the abundance of internet pornography. Internet pornography can be addictive, and if one becomes accustomed to more severe or a wider variety of sexual acts through pornography, it may be difficult to maintain an erection with a physical partner.

What is the average age for erectile dysfunction?

The average age for erectile dysfunction (ED) has been reported at 40 years old. However, the most recent survey was before the internet era (1994) and so may not reflect changes in sexual appetites or behaviors over the last quarter-century. It is likely much lower.

Can erectile dysfunction be cured completely?

Yes, depending on the cause. It is possible that psychological erectile dysfunction can be cured, usually through either sexual therapy, couples counseling, or individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or some mixture of the three. Erectile dysfunction from damage to the nerve that the brain uses to communicate to the penis, or damage to the blood vessels that supply the erectile tissue of the penis may possibly be repairable using surgery.

Can you get pregnant from a man with erectile dysfunction?

Yes, it is possible as long as the man is capable of ejaculating for one to conceive. It is also possible to conceive using in-vitro insemination after harvesting and selecting healthy sperm from his testicles. It can either be inserted into the woman's uterus after she has taken a pill to cause ovulation, or the two can be united in a test tube outside of the mother and the fertilized egg can be inserted into the mother or an appropriate surrogate.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Impotence

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Have you noticed a decrease in your libido or sex drive?

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Impotence Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced impotence have also experienced:

    • 12% Fewer Erections
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Decreased Sex Drive
  • People who have experienced impotence were most often matched with:

    • 33% Erectile Dysfunction
    • 33% Late Onset Hypogonadism
    • 33% Spinal Stenosis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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