Erectile dysfunction


18 million men above the age of 20 years in the US suffer from erectile dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction is when a male is consistently unable to obtain or maintain an erection which is adequate for vaginal penetration. This inability should have lasted for 3 months or longer. Erectile dysfunction is also known as impotency. Men are often very reluctant to admit to having a problem with erectile dysfunction. Research has shown that 18 million men above the age of 20 years in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Studies have shown that about 5% of 40 year old men have erectile dysfunction and 25% or more of 65 year old men have erectile dysfunction. It is considered normal for men to be able to get an erection 80% of the time when sexually aroused. That means if the patient doesn’t get an erection 1 out of 5 times it is still considered normal and his condition doesn’t need any treatment. Occasional, random inability to obtain an erection can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, taking certain medications and pure exhaustion – physically or mentally. A man cannot be classified as having erectile dysfunction after one or two episodes of being unable to achieve an erection.

Male sexual function involves the coordination of various neurologic, hemodynamic, mechanical, endocrine and psychological factors. It is strongly advised that a man with erectile dysfunction goes to his doctor for a medical check-up because up to 7 out of 10 causes of erectile dysfunction is as a result of a very serious medical condition. A few serious conditions which can cause erectile dysfunction are: atherosclerosis, kidney disease and diabetes.