Chris D. Meletis, N.D.
Impotenceis now a topic for open conversation. Even politicians are talking about impotence. Medically speaking, the term erectile dysfunction more specifically describes the inability to sustain physically an erection that is sufficient for intercourse. Impotence includes a broader grouping of conditions that contribute to less than fully successful intercourse, including diminished libido, inability to reach orgasm, and premature ejaculation.
Current estimates report that approximately 20 million American males experience erectile dysfunction. This number is likely to double within the next decade or so, as baby boomers begin to experience the health challenges that often contribute to this problem, most notably atherosclerosis and prostate disease. Statistical data suggest that one in four men over the age of 50 suffers from erectile dysfunction.1 This number may even be higher because many men have traditionally not sought medical intervention for this frequently anxiety-provoking and stressful condition.