Medical Dictionary: Erectile dysfunction
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Erectile dysfunction: Another name for Impotence.
Erectile dysfunction (condition): Inability to attain or sustain an erection.
Erectile dysfunction (condition): Impotence or "erectile dysfunction" is the inability to attain or sustain an erection for long enough for sexual activity. About 70% of cases of impotence are actually caused by an underlying disease, such as diabetes or kidney disease, rather than a mental or physical problem. Secondary impotence from various drugs and medications is common. Physical damage from injury or surgery is another common cause of impotence. Psychological causes of impotence are estimated to be only 10-20% of cases. Although psychological aspects such as anxiety and fear of sexual failure are commonly associated with impotence, they are not usually the real case, but are a reaction to having impotence.
Impotence is a consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient
for sexual intercourse. Medical professionals often use the term "erectile
dysfunction" to describe this disorder and to differentiate it from other
problems that interfere with sexual intercourse, such as lack of sexual
desire and problems with ejaculation and orgasm.
More information on medical condition: Impotence:
- Introduction: Impotence
- Basic Summary for Impotence
- Types of Impotence
- Causes of Impotence
- Medication Causes of Impotence
- Risk Factors for Impotence
- Symptoms of Impotence
- Diagnostic Tests for Impotence
- Treatments for Impotence
Erectile dysfunction (symptom): Difficulty starting or maintaining an erection
More information on symptom: Impotence:
1. excerpt from Impotence: NIDDK
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