Basic Summary for Impotence


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Main name of condition: Impotence
Other names or spellings: erectile dysfunction


What is Impotence?
  Brief description of Impotence: Inability to attain or sustain an erection.
  Parent types of Impotence: Male sexual conditions, Sexual dysfunction
  Organs Affected by Impotence: penis
  Types of Impotence: Psychogenic impotence
How many people get Impotence?
  Prevalance of Impotence: 30 million men (NIDDK)
  Prevalance Rate of Impotence: approx 1 in 9 or 11.03% or 30 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence (annual) of Impotence: 617,715 new cases
  Incidence Rate of Impotence: approx 1 in 440 or 0.23% or 617,714 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Impotence: Experts believe impotence affects between 10 and 15 million American men. 1
Who gets Impotence?
  Profile for Impotence: Incidence rises with age: about 5 percent of men at the age of 40 and between 15 and 25 percent of men at the age of 65 experience impotence. Yet, it is not an inevitable part of aging. 1
How serious is Impotence?
  Prognosis of Impotence: Impotence is treatable in all age groups, and awareness of this fact has been growing. More men have been seeking help and returning to near-normal sexual activity because of improved, successful treatments for impotence. 1
  Complications of Impotence: see complications of Impotence
What causes Impotence?
  Causes of Impotence: Impotence usually has a physical cause, such as disease, injury, or drug side-effects. Any disorder that impairs blood flow in the penis has the potential to cause impotence. 1
  Causes of Impotence: see causes of Impotence
  Risk factors for Impotence: see risk factors for Impotence
What are the symptoms of Impotence?
  Symptoms of Impotence: see symptoms of Impotence
How is it treated?
  Specialists for Impotence: Urologists
  Treatments for Impotence: see treatments for Impotence
  Research for Impotence: see research for Impotence
Society issues for Impotence
  Hospitalization statistics for Impotence: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Impotence:
  • 0.007% (907) of hospital consultant episodes were for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7% of hospital consultant episodes for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62% of hospital consultant episodes for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 92% of hospital consultant episodes for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.001% (568) of hospital bed days were for sexual dysfunction not caused by organic disorders or diseases in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Impotence: NIDDK

Last revision: Nov 12, 2003

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