Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED or impotence) as it is also known, is the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or the needs of his partner. Most men experience occasional erectile dysfunction, at some point in their lives and are not negatively affected by it.

Some men, however, experience frequent or chronic ED which can cause emotional and relationship problems; often leading to diminished self-esteem. Incidence of the disorder increases with age. Chronic erectile dysfunction, affects about 5% of men in their 40's and 15 - 25% of men by the age of 65. Transient ED and inadequate erections affect as many as 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70. 

However, as most causes of erectile dysfunction are treatable, the problem is not of major consequence. There are a number of prescription drugs available to help with erectile dysfunction (e.g. Viagra, Levitra and Cialis).