ED FAQ – General Questions
What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called impotence, is defined as having a consistent problem getting and/or keeping an erection sufficient for you to complete sexual intercourse. Many men have occasional or temporary erection problems, but that does not mean they have erectile dysfunction. For the problem to be diagnosed as erectile dysfunction, it must happen on a regular basis. It may not occur every time a man wants to have sex, but it does occur repeatedly, over time.
Are impotence and erectile dysfunction the same?
These two terms used to be considered the same, but the more accurate term is erectile dysfunction. Impotence includes erectile dysfunction, but could also mean other things such as fear of failure, stress, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
How common is erectile dysfunction?
More than 152 million men worldwide suffer from erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, less than 10% of men seek treatment.
How do I know I have erectile dysfunction?
To diagnose and evaluate ED, your doctor will want to take a history and do a complete physical exam. First, it is important to be sure that you have ED and not another form of sexual dysfunction. Remember erectile dysfunction is having a consistent problem getting and/or keeping an erection sufficient for you to complete sexual intercourse.