What is erectile dysfunction?

The term “erectile dysfunction” has replaced the outdated term “impotence”. The word “impotence” is no longer used, because it does not give a clear explanation of the problem. Moreover, the use of this term led to an incorrect understanding of this condition. Men suffering from erectile dysfunction are not sterile and they retain the ability to ejaculation and orgasm, as all other men. They also have all the normal male sex characteristics. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be defined as “inability to achieve and (or) to maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual activity.”

Most men have problems with achieving and maintaining an erection at some time in their lives, possibly due to excessive stress, receiving large amounts of alcohol, or simply fatigue. However, if this problem persists, it most likely is associated with erectile dysfunction. ED affects 100 million men worldwide and 30 million men in the United States. The study of men’s health showed the overall prevalence of ED, equal to 39% in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Spain.

Study IMSM (Massachusetts study on issues of aging men) found that 52% of men aged 40 to 70 years in varying degrees, suffered from erectile dysfunction. A lot of men with erectile dysfunction suffer in silence because they believe that it is artificial problem that they have to put up with her because they grow old or because this problem cannot be resolved.