Impotence - Male Sexual Dysfunction

There are several different problems that can affect men. Impotence — the inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse — affects 20 million American men, or about 10% of the entire male population, and 35% of men over the age of 60.


How is impotence diagnosed?

To diagnose impotence, your doctor will conduct a complete physical exam, and consider additional testing such as psychological screening and an evaluation of your hormone levels.


What are the treatment options for impotence?

There are many possible treatments for impotence, including:

  • Medication
  • Hormones
  • Urethral suppositories
  • Self-injection therapy
  • Vacuum devices
  • Constriction bands

After an examination and diagnostic testing, your doctor will help you decide which treatment is best for you.


What are some other male sexual dysfunctions besides impotence?

  • Disorders of Ejaculation, which are very common. There are specific medications that can help those with either premature or delayed sexual climax.

  • Peyronie’s disease. This frustrating condition can cause pain or excess curvature of the penis.  Although there are oral medications that can be used for mild cases, if it has persisted over 12-18 months occasionally a surgical intervention may be necessary.