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Male Erectile Disorder (Impotence)

 

Category


Sexual Disorders and Dysfunctions

 

Etiology


Previously referred to as impotence, medical causes of this disorder must be ruled out first. Short of any physiological cause, male erectile disorder is typically a result of ‘performance anxiety’ or fears of not being able to achieve or maintain an erection.

 

Symptoms


Recurring inability to achieve or maintain an erection until completion of the sexual activity. Must result in significant distress for the individual and is not better accounted for by another disorder (e.g. drug abuse) or physical diagnosis.

 

Treatment


The most commonly applied treatment for non-medical related impotence is ‘Sensate Focus,’ which involves a progression of sexual intimacy, typically over the course of several weeks, and eventually leading to penetration and orgasm.

 

Prognosis


Very good. Very high success rates have been reported.

 

 

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