What is impotence?

Impotence is the inability to maintain an erection that is firm enough or that lasts long enough to have successful sexual intercourse. It is a frustrating condition that may have either physical or psychological causes. But there are many types of sexual dysfunctions which may be confused with impotence.

For instance premature ejaculation is not a sign of impotence. Nor is a low sex drive, or the fact that you may need manual or oral stimulation to get an erection. Impotence cannot be caused by too much sex or masturbation earlier in life. And there is no connection between impotence and infertility. Most importantly, impotence is not "normal" at any age. Impotence is common and experienced by many individuals.

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