Erectile dysfunction is a serious disorder of the reproductive system, which can be organic, psychogenic or mixed. Impotence – An unpleasant disease that brings only discomfort affects the quality of life, sexual activity and emotional state of a man, and the treatment process itself takes time and effort.
However, sometimes the cause of impotence becomes physical damage due to an accident or impact, as well as surgery. What is to be feared and what should be turned into understanding so as not to ruin one’s male health?
According to experts, contusion and injury account for 13% of all erectile dysfunction of organic nature. For general spinal cord injury The risk of erectile dysfunction is much higher than in the case of partial damage. The cause of injuries to the tin member can also be cycling or pelvic surgery.
The injuries that may cause erectile dysfunction in the future include:
- spinal cord injuries ,
- pelvic injury associated with damage to nerve and arterial vessels,
- penile injuries ,
- postoperative pelvic injuries.
The most popular injuries and their consequences for men
Yes, yes, despite the usefulness of this sport, frequent cycling for long distances can cause impotence due to the traumatic effect on the vessels and nerves around the perineum. The pressure causes a temporary slowdown in the blood flow in this area, which is manifested in a slight tingling or partial numbness in the groin area.
Scientists from Harvard Medical School have investigated that the risk of developing erectile dysfunction increases if cycling for more than three hours a week.
Currently, special bicycle saddles are designed to reduce crotch injury while cycling. In addition, it is recommended to use special cycling suits, which have a softening tab in the groin area and have thermoregulation.
Damage to the penis
Injuries to the penis can have a different origin and type of damage:
- occupational injury
- car accident
- burn or exposure to chemicals
- gunshot or knife wound,
- kick during a fight or sports game
- excessive sexual activity
The most common type of trauma, which many men have joined at least once in their lives, is penile restraint by a zipper lock. No less often, trauma to the penis occurs due to excessive friction during sexual activity. Such injuries are found in very passionate lovers, as well as in men, who are just beginning to have sex, and are characterized by skin lesions and chafing in the folds of the foreskin. Men who have a short bridle since birth can get a penis frenulum gap during intercourse.
Quite common is bruise of the penis – this injury accounts for more than 50% of all cases of damage. Other types of trauma – this is curvature and fracture. Since 2001 was counted 1331 penile fracture. Other penile injuries include a very rare penile amputation or penetrating trauma, most often during a fight or attack.
Signs of trauma to the penis include pain, swelling, hematomas, bleeding, difficulty urinating and blood in the urine, urinary retention and acute pain during erection.
Obligatory action for any damage to the penis is an immediate appeal to the relevant physician: urologist, andrologist or surgeon. Delaying the visit to a specialist may threaten the development of purulent infections in the penis or urethra, the formation of scars at the site of wounds that will impede the blood flow to the penis, curvature of the penis, as well as the lack of a normal erection. More complex injuries and damage may require surgery to remove blood clots or dead tissue.
Erectile dysfunction caused by injuries of the pelvis, most often occurs as a result of fractured pelvic bones or bruises caused during traffic accidents and car accidents. A person after such an injury may remain with damaged nerves or vessels (mainly arterial), which can not deliver enough blood to the penis to cause an erection.
Spinal lesions in most cases lead to erectile dysfunction. Spinal cord surgery or injury affects the loss of erection control. According to medical estimates, half of the major injuries are caused by traffic accidents. For the occurrence of an erection, it is important to correctly transfer the sexual stimulus in the form of a nerve impulse from the head through the spinal cord to the penis. Under the influence of this pulse, vasodilators (NO) are released, which causes blood flow to the penis and an erection. Therefore, every failure of the parasympathetic nervous system can cause an erection disorder. Depending on the type and location of damage, from impotence from 8 to 100% of all patients with spinal injuries, and from ejaculation disorders – from 80 to 97%.
Vascular and nerve injuries in pelvic surgery
During operations in the bladder, colon, rectum, prostate gland, complications could arise damaged blood vessels and nerves required for erection of the penis. Nowadays, thanks to the use of new nerve-saving techniques, it is possible to reduce the incidence of erectile dysfunction by 40-60% after nerve damage during the procedure. Return of full sexual activity usually occurs 6-18 months after surgery.
Useful recommendations: in short
In the main, injuries that can lead to impotence were received during accidental incidents and accidents from which no one is insured. You can minimize the use of the bike for long distances or buy a modern saddle to ensure a sufficient flow of blood to the genitals and avoid excessive compression of the penis. It is worth being more cautious during sports, training and competitions – quite often a hundred bruises of the penis occur during sports, team games or wrestling.
An equally important part is correct rehabilitation after an injury or in the postoperative period – the right approach to treatment can reduce the risk of complications and speed up the healing process.
No one is immune from injuries, bruises or organ malfunction – we are people, not cars. What remains important is the timely visit to the doctor to prevent the risk of complications, the correct treatment regimen and the recovery period, which will largely determine whether the injury will affect your health in the future.