What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual intercourse.1
How common is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
ED is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between 40 and 70 years of age will experience ED at least once.2
What causes Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
ED can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological including:
Usually ED caused by these psychological factors is mostly temporary or in case of persistence should be treated by adequate measures.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) videos
Episode 1 - Erection Problems - Was it the tight trousers?
Episode 2 - Get rid of erectile dysfunction
Episode 3 - Speaking to your partner about erectile problems
Episode 4 - Impotence myths - It never made me go blind
Episode 5- Erectile dysfunction facts - The guys could be hiding something
Episode 6- How to speak to the doctor about ED
Episode 7 - Impotence Treatment - what a difference a doctor makes
Episode 8- ED successfully treated
Episode 9- Sex tape
Erectile Dysfunction is notoriously under-reported because of the perceived stigma associated with the diagnosis of ED. It is reported that 70% of ED remains undiagnosed and in a survey of general medical practice less than 12% of men with ED reported having received treatment for it.
There are many ways in which ED can be treated ranging from oral medications (The search of effective oral medication has interested patients and physicians alike. The oral route has the advantages of being less invasive, less mechanically demanding, and more acceptable to patients3), and Intracavernous injections (Therapeutic indications for auto-injections require careful choice of the agent and the dosage to inject depending on the cause of the impotence and the patient's demands and capacity to learn the technique).4
Many men will experience episodes of ED that improve without the need for treatment. Sometimes, persistent ED can be the result of a more serious underlying health condition, such as heart disease. In such cases, treatment will be needed to treat the underlying condition.2
1. NIH Consensus Conference. "NIH Consensus Development Panel on Impotence." Journal of the American Medical Association: 270 (1993): 83-90.
2. National Health Service Direct www.nhs.uk
3. Pharmacotherapy for erectile dysfunction: Tom F.Lue , Keith L.Lee
4. Diagnosis and treatment of impotence. Indications of intracavernous injections: Giuliano F, Blanchet P, Benoît G, Jardin A.