Is impotence treatable?

In more than half of all impotence cases the cause is physical - the result of diabetes, a hormone problem, blocked arteries or other causes. In other cases, the cause could be psychological - the result of stress or depression. And in many cases, physical causes can produce psychological side effects.

Diagnosing the cause is the first step before reconunending a treatment. Your urologist will require a thorough history, physical examination and laboratory tests to determine whether the impotence has a physical or psychological cause.

The good news is that there are treatments available. And there is usually more than one option to choose from, ranging from sex counselling or marriage counselling to medical and surgical treatments. Your urologist can determine which treatment alternative is appropriate for you. Most impotence problems can be treated successfully.