Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

Authored by: Helen Singer Kaplan

The New Sex Therapy

Print publication date:  December  1974
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780876300831
eBook ISBN: 9780203727317
Adobe ISBN: 9781135821364

10.4324/9780203727317.ch15

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Abstract

The Incidence Rate for impotence varies, depending on the severity of the syndrome. The more benign forms of erectile dysfunction occur more frequently than the severe forms. Secondary impotence, which may not be associated with significant pathology, is one of the most common complaints of male patients who have previously functioned well but then develop sexual difficulties. In fact it is estimated that approximately half the male population has experienced occasional transient episodes of impotence; and these are considered to be within the limits of normal sexual behavior. In contrast, primary impotence, which is a severe and chronic form of this disorder in men who have never functioned well and is considered indicative of significant pathology, is far less prevalent.

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