Steps / Events:
In the presence of
normal anatomy and
normal hormones, sexual stimuli (touch, vision, fantasies..etc), a
transparent fluid (prosemen) starts leaking slowly from the penis,
usually as a one or more drops. Erection starts and is maintained
for variable periods of time until ejaculation occurs. Following
ejaculation, erection is lost gradually and cannot be re-induced for
a period of time called the "refractory period". This is natural.
The speed with which erection fades following ejaculation increases
with age, and so does the refractory period. The refractory period
ranges from seconds in youth to weeks in the elderly.
This varies from with age.
The normal frequency in the second and third decades is four times
per week on average. This naturally varies from one person to the
other, from one relation to the other, but this is the acceptable
average. This decreases in the fourth decade to 2-3 times per week,
in the fifth decade to once per week, down to once per month in the
elderly. It is therefore normal to observe a decline in sexual
interest as age advances.
These frequencies assume
that there are suitable and comfortable conditions that promote
sexual behavior as regards general health, work load, psychological
harmony with the partner..etc. Without those prerequisites, erection
will be very difficult to attain or maintain.
There are normal ups and
downs that affect every man's sexual power. It is normal to have a
period where erection is less likely to occur, in response to
psychological stress, work load, interpersonal conflicts...etc.
These periods resolve spontaneously with improvement of the general
condition, upon vacations for example.
Normally, one experiences a
rigid erection when he wakes up every now and then. This is "Morning
erection" or "nocturnal erection".
Presence of normal morning
erection is a sign that one is normal, at that impotence -if any- is
psychogenic (due to stress).
Morning erection does not
necessarily occur every night. Noticing nocturnal erection every
day, every week or even every couple of weeks is sufficient to
ensure that one is normal concerning the structure and function of