Impotence — the inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse — affects 20 million American men, or about 10% of the entire male population, and 35% of men over the age of 60.

To diagnose impotence, your doctor will conduct a complete physical exam, along with some psychological screening and an evaluation of your hormone levels.

There are many possible treatments for impotence, including
  • Medication
  • Hormones
  • Urethral suppositories
  • Self-injection therapy
  • Vacuum devices
  • Constriction bands

After an examination and diagnostic testing, your doctor will help you decide which treatment is best for you.