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What is impotence?

The term impotence is defined medically as failure to have sexual intercourse. It is used only for man, because in humans, the male is the active partner.

health-and-fitness Updated: May 01, 2010 16:02 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes

What is impotence?
The term impotence is defined medically as failure to have sexual intercourse. It is used only for man, because in humans, the male is the active partner. Failure to get an erection, sufficient enough for penetration, is termed impotence in colloquial language. Permanent impotence may be due to underlying homosexual attractions, hormonal imbalances, injuries to spinal cord etc. Temporary impotence is a worldwide phenomenon. Partner specific impotence has been reported. Sometimes, impotence may result in non-consummation of marriage.

My husband is a workaholic and an alcoholic. He has not shown interest in sex for the last three years. His friend recently massaged me. What should I do?
Anything in excess is harmful to the body. Alcohol and work are no exception in this case. Request him to stop consuming so much alcohol and reduce the work load first. Better foreplay may be the solution. Mutual masturbation may be another option. The other man theory sounds dangerous. In the heat of the moment, silly decisions are taken. Guilt or the fear of getting caught or fear of transmitting STD may play havoc with your sex life. Remember to use a condom .

I am a father of a four-month-old. I don’t want my wife to be pregnant again. I dislike condoms. Is there any remedy?
The Copper-T is an ideal contraceptive in the post-delivery period. It prevents the fertilised ovum from getting implanted in the uterine cavity. It may also hinder the movement of sperms. It is free of hormonal contents like the OC pills. It does not interfere in the process of sexual encounter like the condom. Once the Copper-T is removed, the chances of reconception are high. The life span varies and is usually around two years, after which a new Copper-T needs to be inserted. The threads of the Copper-T need to be checked from time to time to determine its presence.

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