Impotence is the inability of a male to achieve an erection or maintain an erection. It is very common and can be helped.
In fact it is the number one male medical sexual complaint, particularly in older men.
Yet it is also a problem that men have trouble talking about because we have a culture that depicts that it never happens to ‘real’ men, which is just silly because it happens to all men at some time.
There are many causes of and cures for impotence.
There is primary impotence when the male has never been able to achieve an erection.
In such cases clinical investigation is essential because there could be physiological problems.
Hormonal levels may be insufficient, blood flow may be restricted so it is unable to reach the penis; there may be return valve issues at the base of the penis that usually keep the blood in the penis, problems with hormones, problems with initiation hormones in the brain and psychological problems that may be blocking sexual desire.
Since I am a naturopath as well as a clinical hypnotherapist (I also teach hypnotherapists how to use hypnosis within sex therapy) and psychosexual therapist (member of Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists NSW), I take a full medical history with erectile dysfunction and may order blood tests so that we get a full picture of what is happening with you.
Sometimes I prescribe some herbs or make other recommendations some including referrals for medications. I may even ask for further physiological investigations from specialists.
Many men can be afraid to talk to other people about impotence problems but we provide a safe, confidential, professional environment to help you. This is what we do every week in our clinic to help the thousands of men that contact us for help.
Secondary impotence can occur when sexual function has previously been satisfactory and then the male begins to experience difficulty in getting or retaining an erection.
This may be due to physical changes, lowered hormones, illness, organ dysfunction, vascular collapse and complications, ageing and psychological problems due to physical or psychological trauma.
In cases where there are psychological reasons for erectile dysfunction, I would use sex therapy (member of Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists) and hypnotherapy to help change your mindset and allow you to gain or regain erectile function. I also teach hypnotherapists how to use hypnosis in sex therapy.
Some men may put up mental blocks inside their mind that can stop them from getting an erection.
Perhaps you encountered a less than satisfactory sexual experience and it instils a fear response that you activate each time you encounter a sexual oppoturnity.
You begin to associate the thought of sex with fear, apprehension, nervousness and the fear of failure and it become a vicious cycle that you have been unable to break.
It may have become so bad that you have withdrawn from relationships all together.
Hypnosis is a profound and expedient tool to use in these circumstances because we can reach deep into your unconscious mind to find out what is happening.
But knowing that is not enough. There must be reprogramming to the way your body has been working well, so that sex becomes associated with something good and rewarding once again.
This can prove very effective. Many techniques can be employed within the clinical environment to provide erectile dysfunction treatment to help you go forward and have a good sex life.
Book your hypnotherapy appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.