Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection that can enable a man to have satisfactory sexual activity. An erection must be rigid enough to allow penetration into the vagina, mouth or anus.
However, it is important to note that anal penetration requires a more rigid erection because it must pass through the powerful muscles of the anal sphincter.
Erectile dysfunction is a lasting decrease in the quality of erections. More frequent from the age of 50, erectile dysfunction is linked to the physical and psychological health of the man concerned.
Erectile dysfunction is a problem that is not sexually transmitted and increases with age. It is believed to affect less than 5% of men in their forties and up to 60% of men who are over 70 years old.
This does not mean that younger men are not prone. Erectile dysfunction is now common among men between the age of 30-40 years.
When the man has erectile dysfunction, many couples no longer find balance in their intimate life and often lock themselves away in silence, fraught with consequences.