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Several short articles on impotence are provided on this Web page. Impotence is a term used to describe the repeated inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The term also encompasses lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation or orgasm. For additional articles, please visit eMedTV's impotence health channel.

 

What Is Impotence?

Impotence is now more commonly known as erectile dysfunction, or ED. The word "impotence" may also be used to describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and reproduction, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation or orgasm.
 
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What Causes Impotence?

Impotence has several possible causes, including:
 
  • Lifestyle factors, such as being overweight
  • Health problems, such as nerve damage from diabetes
  • Certain medications
  • Psychological factors.
 
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Treating Impotence

For many men, treatment is as simple as taking a pill. For others, lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise, quitting smoking, losing weight, and cutting back on alcohol, are helpful. Counseling and many other options are also available. It may take time to find the treatment that works best for you.
 
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