Here's the big question....my grandfather has prostate cancer (and had his sacs removed)....my father had prostate problems (and had part of his prostate micro waved) ......so now here i am only 23 and for the last year or so I've been having impotence....meaning problems maintaining an erection...i had my sperm checked and i have more than average sperm count.... I was thinking I might have a circulation problem? I am very fit and exercise on and off. eat very healthy. organic, etc...I've been trying eat more veggies lately; tomatoes, garlic, broccoli, etc.....
Some things i have noticed :: I always seem to have pain urinating (maybe because of not being circumcised), one time when i really physically exerted myself ( i was stranded with shorts, a tank top and flip-flops on and had to walk, run, etc.. like 5 miles) and noticed blood at the tip of my penis, my libido seems low, and my kidneys have been hurting lately (last week).....(its my lower back, next to my spine)..I have noticed sometimes my prostate seemed swollen (because it was hard to urination (on and off occurring event)...Also i notice i am prone to bacterial infections in my body, like i had two abscesses by my lower abdomen...to me it seemed close to my lymph's....also by my ear, i was developing lumps....(also by my lymph's, in my opinion)........
So i feel horrible.....i'm young and in great shape, with something seriously wrong with me!! all these symptoms got worst with intense stress and poor diet....
I'm not a doctor but below are some articles that may be of interest.
All the best to you!
Impotence is one of the oldest and most dreaded ailments afflicting men. It can entirely destroy a man's quality of life by depriving him of the greatest happiness and pleasure: having a family and watching his children grow.
Our society places an extremely negative stigma on impotence. It can impart serious mental anguish, leading to psychosomatic disorders. In a culture that worships youth and virility, loss of potency is a defect which is socially unacceptable and inadmissible. Fortunately, recent new medical knowledge regarding causes of impotence and natural methods of treatment give patients a very good chance of solving their problems if they seek qualified professional medical help.
Impotence can have many different causes, so an appropriate remedy depends on its origin. All of the brain, nerves, hormones, muscles, veins and genital structures must be intact and in good working order for erection to occur and be sustained. According to the cause of the problem, impotence can be classified into the following broad categories:
Physiological or organic impotence, representing around 80 per cent of cases, is caused by failure of the vascular system to deliver a sufficient amount of blood into the cavernous part of the penis and maintain sufficient blood pressure to obtain and sustain erection.
Hormonal impotence is caused by hypogonadism or inability of the endocrine (glandular) system to produce sufficient levels of hormones necessary for regular sexual functions. It is often accompanied by lack of sexual desire or libido.
Psychogenic impotence is often caused by excessive stress and mental exertion and is usually accompanied by psychosomatic disturbances. Its symptoms frequently include lack of sexual desire or libido.
Very often impotence has a number of different causes. Therefore the treatment has to be complex and holistic in its nature.
Organic or physiological impotence may be innate. It may also result from an injury to the perineum (area between thighs and between scrotum and anus), and may be a result of cardiovascular inadequacy, high blood pressure, spinal cord injury or diabetes. Such a condition is Usually accompanied by difficulty in providing sufficient blood supply to the cavernous, sponge-like erection chambers of the penis and/or ability to keep sufficient blood pressure in that part, resulting in erectile dysfunction (flaccid penis).
This may happen, for example, from using an ill-fitting bicycle saddle, a biking accident or any action resulting in a perineal injury. A new procedure which is very efficient in treatment is a self-administered injection of prostaglandin E1 (Caverjet), alprostadil, papaverine or phentolamine into the penis. Patient and spousal satisfaction with this therapy is between 80 per cent to 90 per cent. However, there are serious problems associated with injections into the penis. They are usually of psychological character but pain is also reported and sometimes even priapism (long lasting painful erection which cannot be controlled). There are known cases of permanent damage to the erection chambers and even death.
For various reasons about 50 per cent of men eventually drop out of this procedure. On-going experiments with topical administration of prostaglandin show promising results. Another possible treatment of this problem is vascular surgery of the penis in order to facilitate blood supply and maintain the necessary blood pressure for erection. Efficiency of using a vacuum constriction device with a topical ointment application (minoxidil or nitroglycerine) is high, but patients very frequently refuse to use such cumbersome procedures at home during actual intercourse.
Special attention must be given to impotence after resection of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or enlargement of the prostate which occurs in over 50 per cent of men over 50 years of age and 75 per cent of men 70 or older. Among fully potent patients before the operation, three per cent to eight per cent were reported impotent after the operation while among partially potent patients, 37 per cent were reported impotent after.
Obviously BPH resection is a serious concern and it is very important to emphasize prevention to avoid the necessity of surgery. A healthy diet with an emphasis on grains, fruits, vegetables and low levels of saturated fats is a first step.
There are now some very powerful supplements available in health stores which can be helpful. These include saw palmetto and pygeum africanum. Berries of saw palmetto, highly regarded by Native Americans as an aphrodisiac, inhibit conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone which has an impact on BPH. A tablespoon of well-chewed raw pumpkin seeds not only provides a great snack but can help to keep BPH surgery away.
Hormonal impotence is often alleviated by administration of androgens - agents stimulating male sex organs. Hormone replacement therapies such as testosterone pills and patches, human growth hormone or DHEA replacement are touted as efficient methods of treatment for elderly males but results are rather inconclusive, as are the risks. Administration of L-arginine in higher doses (three to five grams) before bedtime may trigger a release of the growth hormone in younger patients, which in turn can stimulate gonadal functions including sex hormones.
Recently touted use of melatonin as an aphrodisiac was based entirely on experiments with mice. At this time there is no rigorous evidence that a similar effect occurs in men. However there are supplements available in health stores which are proven to work.
The traditional standby, yohimbine, has been demonstrated in many serious studies to significantly enhance libido and sexual function in men. It is considered to be quite effective (particularly in combination with trazodone) in mitigating the effects of some libido-suppressing drugs such as Prozac.
Yohimbine is an extract from the bark of the African Coryanthe yohimbi tree. It has a stimulating effect on the vascular system which can increase penile blood inflow and decrease outflow. There are many yohimbe products on the market mainly for use by body builders, but quality is often questionable. There are also risks associated with yohimbine due its effect on the cardiovascular system (cardiac arrhythmia) and it should be used under supervision of a health professional.
Capsaicin, contained in hot cayenne, has a strongly stimulating effect on the nerves of the genitourinary system. Intraurethral capsaicin infusion activates reflexes leading to penile erection in psychogenically impotent men. Ginkgo biloba, used primarily to enhance the blood supply to the brain, also plays a role in increasing blood flow to the penis by vessel dilation.
Muira puama is another herb which has a strong stimulating effect on the male sexual system. Almost unknown in North America, it is the latest craze in Europe.
Niacin, or vitamin B(3), is among more conventional health supplements. It causes a rush of blood flow to the skin and greatly sensitizes the entire surface of the body to tactile stimulation, including the sex organs. The required dose is dependent on the individual constitution of the user and tolerance increases over a period of time. A time-released product is not suitable for this purpose.
It is advisable to start niacin supplementation with low doses of about 100mg, and to progressively test higher doses for the effect of the blood rush. Extended use of higher doses of niacin has to be monitored by a health professional for liver and biliary functions.
Other products enhancing sexual functions by promoting overall health include various forms of ginseng, smilax (sarsaparilla root), royal jelly, reishi or ling zhi mushrooms and vitamin and mineral supplementation.
Fulfilling and rewarding sex requires a healthy body and mind. Therefore a holistic approach emphasizing overall health and wellness is the most successful. This includes a proper diet low in hydrogenated fats (margarine, shortening and processed oils) and high in grains, fruits and vegetables as well as regular physical exercise in order to keep physically and mentally fit as long as possible.
As a matter of fact, active vigorous and prolonged sexual intercourse stimulates the cardiovascular system and entire body better than any other physical activity. Wireless computerized monitoring shows that the surging heart rate during sex beats any aerobic exercise and is incomparably more pleasant and fulfilling! Hormonal release during orgasm vastly enhances the beneficial effects of intercourse. A feeling of mental well-being after fulfilling intercourse with a loved partner adds a new height and dimension to the sensation of wellness and harmonious self-fulfillment.
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By Milo Nosal
SMOKING AND IMPOTENCE
Male smokers are four times more likely to become impotent than the non-smoking male. Compared to men who never smoked, one pack-a-day smokers increase the risk of developing severe impotence by:
15 percent if they have smoked for five years
31 percent if they have smoked for ten years
60 percent if they have smoked for 20 years
"For lots of younger people, the risk of lung cancer seems remote. But sex is important," says Dr. Max Rosen, lead researcher in a recent Boston University study which is the first to show that smoking is an independent risk factor for impotence in healthy men under 50.
Acupuncture and Hypnosis for Impotence
Acupuncture and Hypnosis for Impotence
Reference: Aydin S, Ercan M, Caskurlu T, et al. Acupuncture and hyponotic suggestions in the treatment of non-organic male sexual dysfunction. Scand J Urol Nephrol 1997; 31:271-4.
Summary: Sixty men with psychogenic impotence were randomized into one of four groups. The first group was treated with electroacupuncture twice weekly for six weeks. The second was treated with sham electroacupunture (meaning the needles were inserted into non-classical points) with the same frequency. The third group underwent hypnosis. Initially there were three sessions a week, then only one per month. Some patients also learned self- hypnosis. The fourth group took unspecified vitamins as a placebo. After six weeks, 60% of subjects receiving electroacupuncture were cured compared to 43% of those receiving sham electroacupuncture. In the hypnosis group, 75% were considered cured. Among those receiving vitamins, 47% reported complete resolution of difficulties. None of the outcomes from any treatment modality were significantly different. No adverse effects occurred. The authors conclude that nonorganic impotence responds strongly to placebo effects, and while electroacupuncture showed promise, hypnosis appeared to have the greatest effect in this study.
Natural Product Research Consultants, Inc.
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