Impotence means that a man's penis doesn't get hard enough to have sexual intercourse. The man cannot get or maintain an erection. The medical term is erectile dysfunction ED. A man with impotence has either a problem getting an erection or difficulty maintaining one. This usually interferes with sexual activity. Impotence can happen suddenly or gradually.
Impotence , also called erectile dysfunction , in general, the inability of a man to achieve or maintain penile erection and hence the inability to participate fully in sexual intercourse. In its broadest sense the term impotence refers to the inability to become sexually aroused; in this sense it can apply to women as well as to men. In common practice, however, the term has traditionally been used to describe only male sexual dysfunctions. Professional sex therapists, while they identify two distinct dysfunctions as forms of impotence, prefer not to use the term impotence per se. Traditionally, erectile impotence the classical definition of impotence is the failure to achieve penile erection during intercourse. It may have either physical or psychological causes.
Sexual dysfunction is any physical or psychological problem that prevents you or your partner from getting sexual satisfaction. Male sexual dysfunction is a common health problem affecting men of all ages, but is more common with increasing age. Treatment can often help men suffering from sexual dysfunction. The most common problems men face with sexual dysfunction are troubles with ejaculation, getting and keeping an erection, and reduced sexual desire.
Back to Health A to Z. Erection problems impotence are very common, particularly in men over It's usually nothing to worry about, but you should see a GP if it keeps happening. It could be the sign of a more serious problem.