Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952576 | Print ISBN: 9780761923602 | Online ISBN: 9781412952576| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Michael P. Carey
Erectile dysfunction refers to a man's inability to attain, or to maintain, an erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse. This difficulty has also been referred to as impotence , a term that is no longer preferred because it is pejorative. Some men with erectile dysfunction report that they are completely unable to obtain an erection; however, it is more common for men to report that they are able to obtain a partial erection that is too soft to achieve penetration or that they are unable to maintain their erection long enough to permit intercourse. Men with erectile difficulties often report that they feel less masculine and are embarrassed by the dysfunction; a minority of men report that they feel depressed. The commonness of erectile dysfunction is suggested by the numerous advertisements that appear on television and in men's magazines and by an active and flourishing commercial interest in medical ...