Vol.4: Difference between Impotency and ED

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【Difference between Impotency and ED】


You may have heard an explanation that ED (erectile dysfunction) is the same thing as “impotence”. However, this is a big mistake. Impotence was used with cases where the person didn’t get an erection at all or had no reproductive capacity (Strictly speaking, men who didn’t get an effective erection and failed in 75% of sexual intercourses). Basically, impotence includes the cases which don’t respond to treatment. It has a discriminative implication, so then it isn’t used at present in the medical field.

On the other hand, ED doesn’t only include the case where the person doesn’t get complete erection, but also includes the cases where they don’t get a hard enough or last long one. It can be thought of that most of the cases in which the person can’t have sufficient sexual intercourse due to trouble getting an erection would arise from ED. But, as for the biggest difference to impotence, ED is possible to be improved by treatment. At present, ED curatives such as Sildenafil (Viagra), Vardenafil (Levitra) and Tadalafil (Cialis) are available, so ED has become dramatically improved compared to before.

It’s said that these ED curatives are effective for more than 90% of patients.

More than 11,000,000 are estimated to be suffering from ED at present in Japan. Could it possibly be ED? You don’t have to hesitate to see a doctor but you’d better see one who specializes in ED treatment.


【Supervisor of this article】

Ken Takemori, MD. An anesthesiologist and Director of Shibuya 3rd Block Clinic.


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