National Impotency Month
November is National Impotency Month, and that means it’s a time when many men might consider observing and initiating an uncomfortable but necessary dialogue about erectile dysfunction. According to the latest research, impotency is a common condition affecting approximately 30 million men annually.
The condition becomes more prevalent with age or the onset of certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and/or high blood pressure. It can also be induced by some medications, so if a man is experiencing symptoms, it’s crucial for them to discuss this with their doctor. This month is the perfect opportunity to start that conversation.
The History of National Impotency Month
Currently, we’re unable to pinpoint the origins of this observance. We suspect that it has only been recognized for about a decade, but we have yet to discover the exact date it was first observed or who initiated it. As often happens when we encounter a holiday with elusive beginnings, we’ll continue our research. However, at this moment, it seems that its origins may be lost to time.
Important Facts About Impotency
Below are some facts about impotency that we believe are vital for every man to know—whether they are currently dealing with impotency or not. We hope these facts will dispel some misconceptions about impotency and encourage more men to discuss this condition.
- Impotency typically has one of three main causes: lack of blood flow to the penis, the penis’s inability to retain blood during an erection, or the failure of nerve signals to reach the penis.
- Certain antihistamines, antidepressants, ulcer medications, and blood pressure medicines can also lead to impotence.
- Emotional or psychological issues can exacerbate erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.
- Quitting smoking, abstaining from alcohol, and changing medications can often improve ED.
- Vacuum erection devices are another option for men with ED.
- For some men, surgery and/or penile implants may be a viable solution.
Observing National Impotency Month
During this month, men are encouraged to discuss their health with their doctor. This includes not only men who are experiencing impotency but also those at risk of developing the condition.
Men dealing with impotency should also communicate with their sexual partners. As more people become informed about impotency, they should take the opportunity to spread awareness about this month to all who need to observe it. This can be accomplished by using the hashtag #NationalImpotencyMonth on social media.