Impotence means not being able to have or keep an erection for long enough
to have sexual intercourse.
Impotence is more common in people with diabetes especially if it is poorly
There are a wide range of treatments available and many people who can
What causes impotence?
- Smoking, heavy drinking and some illegal drugs
- Some medicines used to treat high blood pressure or depression
- Operations to the bowel, bladder or prostate
- Lack of testosterone
- Stress, anxiety, depression, marital problems, guilt and fear of failure
- Diabetes can damage the blood supply and nerves to the penis
Impotence affects both people in a relationship. Talking to your partner
can lead to more understanding about how you both feel, improve the situation
and you can decide if you want to seek help.
- Approach your diabetes nurse or doctor
- They may be able to help you themselves or may refer you to a specialist
- It helps if you and your partner can attend together to discuss the problem
- Counselling and advice is available
- Changing medication may be suggested
Sildenafil (known as Viagra)
This is a tablet taken before intercourse, which can help you to have
an erection if you become aroused. It is not suitable for everyone, e.g.
those on certain tablets for the heart. Vardenafil and tadalafil are similar
You can inject a drug into your penis before intercourse. This increases
the blood supply to your penis to produce an erection
This is a small pellet inserted into the end of the penis. This increases
the blood supply to the penis to produce an erection
You place a rigid tube over your penis and use a pump to empty the air
out of the tube. This causes blood to be drawn into the penis and a ring
is put at the base of your penis to maintain your erection during intercourse
Occasionally an operation is used to renew the blood supply to your penis
or to implant a rod to make your penis erect enough for penetration