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    im a twin and i was circumcised as a child. i am now 18 and have been in a relationship for two years, me and my girlfriend have tried to have sex, but it just doesn't 'go in'and i have never got a full erection. is it impotence?





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    You are identifying the possibility of two separate issues, one with her, the other with you. With her, it's possible that her hymen hasn't been broken yet, and because of your semi-erect state, perhaps you haven't been strong enough to break through. A doctor could break her hymen for her, which might make it easier for the two of you. As for you, the first question I would ask is, "Do you get a full erection at other times, such as during masturbation or during your sleep?" If so, then you might wish to consider having penile plethysmography, which is a fancy way of saying "a measurement of the strength of your erection." During the test you will be shown various erotica, some male, some female. This will give you a sense of your sexual orientation, or perhaps the kind of person (either female or male) you are attracted to. In other words, perhaps you are 100% heterosexual, but perhaps she just isn't your type.

    I am a circumcised man. Type 2 diabetes has caused erectile dysfunction (impotence). Is this condition worse in circumcised men ?





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    Unfortunately its much worse. Circumcision removes an enormous amount of nerve tissue and blood vessels that are important in sexual function. Because of this, circumcised men are almost 5 times more likely to suffer ED. Add to that your diabetes and you arent very lucky :( Some men use stretching to restore their foreskins, and have some success in treating their ED because it resensitises the glans. But more important is control of your blood pressure, your circulation and your blood sugars. I wish you all the best.

    I have peyronie's disease, I'm due to see a consultant shortly. Could you tell me if opting for the Lue procedure is high risk regarding impotence. Which procedure would you recomend?.





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    Im 33 years of age and having the some type of impotence problems the age of 16 or 17. while sleeping my penis ejaculate the sperms and that happens quite frequently, once or twice a week and some times 3 times a weeks. And my penis get quickly erected but does not last for even one minute and erection is not hard enough to penetrate. i tried to have sex with my girlfriend few time but did not worked. she dumped me (I guess for the same reason). Tried with second girlfriend but no luck. I have noticed one thing if ejaculation dones not happens for 4 to 5 days my legs starts feeling painfull and uncomfortable.





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    Can I get phototoselective vapourisation of the prostate on the NHS. I've seen sites (e.g. the Birmingham Bladder clinic) which are clearly private. I've had an enlarged prostate for a number of years and the problems are getting worse. On average I'm getting up 5 times a night and urine flow is best described as pathetic.I also have to consider carefully the amount of liquid I take before travelling as emergency stops are not always convenient. As for sitting through a film showing....forget it! Traditional surgery carries the risk of impotence and I'd like to know how PVP compares statistically. I'd also like to find out how one can compare outcomes as between different centres where operations of this sort are carried out. I'd be prepared to go on your excellent show. Thanks for normalising Keep up the embarrassing.





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    I've had varicocele for 8 years.Then Unfortunately I met a so- called physician who deteriorated my illness(he prescribed 22 hormone(testestrone) weekly as he thought it may be for my impotence at the age of 22(It caused too many wet dreams/2 or 3 times weekly).Sometimes I tried to stop seminal effusion but it caused some infection in my sperm and I had some drugs to fix it(cotrimaxazole) Later(when I was 33) an urologist dignosed Varicocele and operated me.(semen exam was good at that age too).But for many reasons I could not marry till 46 .In recent months I am weaker in erectile and sometimes I lose small spermlike fluid when I sit on a chair for a long time. Is this prostate? or sexual weakness?(My prostate was ok at 33)Please if you can give me better direction or any direct email let me know. Yours AS





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    I took ofloxacin for epididymitis and it gave me balanitis. After 7 months I finally got rid of it with Eumovate. However I then needed Ciprofloxacin for an epididymitis flare-up and for 18 months have had balanitis. At first it was flaky and blistered but after creams hadnt worked I got rid of these symptoms using Manuka Honey. However other symptoms remain- painful erections, extreme stinging after ejaculation, slight redness and tighter than it was foreskin, very wrinkled, plasticy skin and 70% sensation loss. Even worse, after using strong steroids for so long the skin became thin and I could see all the blood vessels and sensation went completely. If I do not masturbate for 4 or 5 days sensation returns to 30% max but I don't orgasm and the sensation goes again completely after masturbating once or twice (possibly because the skin is thin and nerves damage easily?). Obviously with no sensation it will lead to impotence and I find it hard to get erect at times. I am depressed and scared and lose the will to live at times, I do not know what else I can do and circumcision would remove





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    im diebetic which causes impotence, but i also suffer with depression, i have a chemical imbalance and am on tablets which also can cause impotence, viagra doesn't always work, can you suggest anything that can help please





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    Hi! Please make an echography/ultrasound in order to check if you have varicocele. This can produce impotence and other diseases.

    there is no cure but improving dietary conditions and regular excersise can improve sperm counts quite dramtically, also if you smoke, stop, smoking can reduce bloodflow and cause impotence.





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    There is no way that sercimsision can make you impotence your problem is in tbe mind or it can be the medication. See a another dr so that he can change your medi cation.Alcohol and drugs can also cause the problem

    I am male & I only sweat in my groin, all over my penis and scrotum. It is so sticky and sweaty, wet, damp, I could go on. It has ruined my life. I don't need to hear all the 'obvious' advice again for example wearing breathable clothing etc. etc. etc. and I have tried Oxybutynin, this does not help and it causes impotence. I am so desperate I dont know what to do I want to know about surgery options.





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    The sympomatology above describes me to a T..Despite using viagra, which works well on the rare occasions that I actually feel desire..It's a problem as I'm with a lady I love very much but my lack of desire means I shy away from demonstrating my impotence yet again..which means she thinks I don't love her enough..I'm just 60 and smoke AND drink..





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    I think i have female impotence. I'm 24 and have had plenty of sex and no orgasms! whats wrong with me?? i also sometimes get discharge but i've been to the nurse several times and tests have came back normal. nurse said it can sometimes happen when you come off the contraceptive pill, which i have done because i had a blood clot caused by my contraceptive pills. (i was on 2 different I read taking viagra may help but i dont know. i want some professional advice. ANYONE??





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    I have one tiny worry as I have started to develop this PPP recently. I have heard it could take up to 4 years for them to fully develop, so I am wondering if Laser treatment before that period of time would be worth the cost. Another main worry is my sex drive, does having PPP or removing affect it in any way? Can it increase, or decrease sensitivity? Can removal, or even leaving t hem, lead to impotence?





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    toothpaste? dose that get rid of PPP?

    I have heard it for years back so I am wondering the kind of treatment that would be good to take it off. Another main worry is my sex drive, does having PPP or removing affect it in any way? Can it increase, or decrease sensitivity? Can removal, or even leaving t hem, lead to impotece?

    Im 33 years of age and having the some type of impotence problems the age of 16 or 17. while sleeping my penis ejaculate the sperms and that happens quite frequently, once or twice a week and some times 3 times a weeks. And my penis get quickly erected but does not last for even one minute and erection is not hard enough to penetrate. i tried to have sex with my girlfriend few time but did not worked. she dumped me (I guess for the same reason). Tried with second girlfriend but no luck. I have noticed one thing if ejaculation dones not happens for 4 to 5 days my legs starts feeling painfull and uncomfortable.





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    I am a 20 year old boy and I have been to the neurologist about my hands shaking about 3 years ago and this is what she diagnosed me with having. She took blood tests (which I wasnt to happy about to be honest, not a fan of needles) and the tests ruled out anything like Parkinsons or Wilsons disease which I was happy about. Everyone used to say oh your just nervous or you're putting it on. Although mine isnt as bad as Thomas's it still affects me. I dont really notice it as much now I am older and it doesnt stop me from doing any day to day things, I do find however that it gets worse when I get cold and my whole body jitters which can be pretty annoying but it doesnt last very long and it goes away when I warm up or sit down. I was offerd Beta Blockers by my docter but I was told that it could cause Impotence so naturaly I was a little against that idea.





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    Life-long, I've been aware of near-total indifference to sex. I can't obviously be indifferent about this indifference to what others evidetly find so important. I'm unable to see physical attraction in others, either sex, but can detect a pleasant personality. I did manage to find my ex-wife. The marriage collapsed after six years, for external reasons, difficulty in keeping or finding employment because of the disability mentioned below. That was 30 years ago. I had another relationship, around 20 years ago, but nothing since then. I know this is abnormal, but can't find information. The HRT prescribed (Restandol) has had no real effect on this indifference. Impotence is almost total. Since fourteen, puberty, I've had temporal lobe epilepsy, which continues despite heavy medication. Is there some link between the two states?

    Hi, you should get this checked out. I am male and 30 years old. I did have a rectal prolapse and before it was diagnosed was diagnosed with IBS, and in time it turned out to be strange symptoms similar to IBS but was the build up to the prolapse condition. I can relate to the embarrasing side...its not pleasant showing a doctor, and I had uncontrollable wind at times, often really bad too. Abdominal aches and strain where going to the loo so much throughout the day. I was 20 when I had my first operation and had four in all as its more tricky to treat being male. I had three procedures that involved removing a section/cutting some bowel away, and the fourth was last resort. This last resort involved a procedure through the abdominen and tying the bowel back. It has been a success so far being four years on, but risks interfering with nerves that can cause impotence hence last resort. One thing I remember is any sign of blood should be checked out. Bright is recent, dark is older. And there are all sorts of explanations. Some serious others not. The sooner tests are carried out the better for a number of reasons. If it is serious it needs to be diagnosed and treated sooner the better. All the time you are unsure what is going on, you are likely to worry and stress or get depressed like I did, so get peace of mind and act. Another thing I remember being told is that when I asked if I wasn't eating enough fibre I was told too much fibre can be a problem with the condition. Good luck

    I have had radiation treatment for prostate cancer [locally advanced], and cryotherapy. I am 68. The pathology of the prostate in your patient described the cancer as " multi-focal : prostate unstable : small volume of cancer : the best kind of prostate cancer : no cancer spread". By giving the PSA and Gleason the informed viewer would be able to judge how reliable was the doctor's prediction of total success. 25% of people sexually active over 65 was stated in your programme. It was not stated if the keyhole surgery preserved the nerves which control erection. Keyhole and robotic surgery have greater ability to spare nerves. I am shocked that British surgeons give so little consideration to preserving sexual activity after prostatectomies. Impotence was a major fear for me, and following cryotherapy it is 100%. Research has shown that screening would save lives. In this country we do not even have an awareness programme. As you doctor observed the patient was lucky to prostatitis which resulted in his having a PSA test. A PSA test in my fifties could have saved my life. I have had years of treatment with side effects and emotional stress. It is unlikely that I will survive to my normal life span, so I can look forward to an unpleasant and painful death.





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    In Feb of 2012 I had a vascular surgery that placed a stent in a partially blocked leg artery. Following the catherization procedure, the artery plug failed, and I suffered a massive scrotal hematoma. The bleeding was halted about 26 hours later, but the recovery took several months before my testicles even approached normal size. My scrotum actually still seems to be a bit larger and "flabbier", to the point that it is still sometimes annoying. However, ever since that procedure, I have had total, complete impotence. Indeed, my penis has actually shriveled up so much I often have to sit to urinate because, well, there is nothing to hold onto. I have not been able to experience any sexual arousal (mental or physical) since then, and despite trying, I have not been able to achieve an orgasm via any means. Previous to this, my penis was of an average size when flaccid. While I had some moderate ED, I think typical of a man in his 50's, at the slightest hint of arousal, my penis would start growing to a girth and length (especially) of much larger proportions. And, I was able to obtain enough of an erection to still have intercourse, with "plenty" there to play, or be played, with. It's "normal" flaccid size was 2-3 times what it is now. Ironically, I had, well previous to this episode, been diagnosed with severe depression. The complete loss of my "manhood" and any sexual activity certainly has not helped that situation either. My regular doctor does not seem to care to talk about or address this. At his advice I saw a urologist, who basically "kissed it off" (and without any testing or diagnostics even). The urologist told me there were no options except possibly an implant. At this point, I do not know where to turn for help.





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    I hope this may help to reassure some men out there worried about the treatment for prostate cancer. I had a sharp pain in my lower left groin area last October - went to the GP and he sent me for blood tests including PSA. Results showed a raised PSA and after a finger up the back passage test suggested an enlarged prostate, I was referred to my local urology centre for further investigation. Because of the possibility of cancer, this all was accomplished within 2 weeks. I had a prostate biopsy (not pleasant, but not painful, just a bit uncomfortable)and this came back positive, but it looked like it was in a relatively early stage. Given my age (55) and general good level of fitness it was recommended that I have surgery to remove the whole prostate. This resulted in three days in hospital in January and a radical laparoscopic prostectomy (i.e. keyhole surgery). I was warned about possible side effects- including temporary or permanent incontinence and impotence. The operation was fine and I have recovered quickly. Incontinence never really happened although I 'leak' a little when I cough or sneeze so I am currently wearing a small pad in my underpants in case of accidents. Only downside is the total lack of erections - apparently it may take a little longer for that to return to working order! I have been referred to an ED clinic for help with this. For me, it has been a very good result - the operation was not a problem, I am recovering well and hopefully the cancer has now been dealt with. I did not suffer any real symptoms before this all came about, so I count myself really lucky it was discovered early. My message is : if in doubt GET YOURSELF CHECKED OUT BY THE GP! By the way, in my case my care at all levels has been superb - quick, efficient and dealt with in a sensitive and considerate fashion. Thank goodness for the much criticised NHS!





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    Phil this sounds reassuring. i was diagnosed at the age of 55 as well. i am from Africa and it is becoming number on e killer these days. thank you for your comment.

    Guys, I was affected by this in my early thirties about 7 years ago. The experience was very stressful. What amazed me was the lack of information and support out there. Guys just don't talk about these things. Peyronie's is not widely researched or understood by the medical profession. In any case with a bit of digging I found a urologist that would prescribe treatment by lithotripsy. I had about 6 sessions. It was scandalously expensive....£300 for a 10 minute session. At the same time I started taking a large daily dose of vitiman E (1000 IU). Lithotripsy and vitamin E were 2 tips I found on the internet. Another crucial thing I learned was that Peyronie's can disappear as easily as it occurs. They can't explain why, but it happens. During that time I joined the impotence association, which had a Peyronie's group as a small subset. Back then there were only 7 guys willing to share their contact details with others in the group. I called them all. 5 of the seven spoke with me. 2 didn't want to. For all of us it was the first time any of us had spoken to another guy affected by Peyronie's. I found that really helpful. Early on I also decided to tell my friends and family what was going on. By doing that I discovered two acquaintances also affected, for one of whom the condition disappeared after a couple of years. Over 12 - 18 months my condition improved hugely and returned to near normal. There are still remenants of the hardened tissue there and a bit of a bend but all is working well. Thinking back the experience made me question how I related to women. I completely lost my confidence and I thought I might never have sex again. The prospect of an operation petrified me. Without doubt the worst aspect of it was the stress, including the stress of how expensive the treatment was. Women generally in my experience have no fear or embarrassment about telling you about an equivalent malady say like a cyst on their ovaries. But us blokes just don't talk about downstairs! To all the guys here. Try to share what you're going through with others and do inform your GP. There are conflicting opinions about how common Peyronie's is. For example the typical UK estimate given is 1% of men while in Germany the figure is 3 times that. If enough men come forward then more resources will go into finding a solution.





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