Men's Health Tips


Peyronie’s Disease

Only 1% of men acquire Peyronie’s disease, which is indicated by curvature, pain and distortion of the penis during erection. Although it can be a serious condition with significant implications for one’s sex life, a majority of men can overcome the condition and resume normal sexual activity.

The disease is named after Francois Gigot de La Peyronie, Lois XV’s personal surgeon, who was the first to identify the condition in 1743. It can affect males of all ages (some are born with it), but it is predominant in those aged 45-60. Some cases may be hereditary, or possibly linked to either abnormal collagen levels or pelvic and urologic surgery. However, it is mostly commonly related to penile trauma.
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Impotence Information

Impotence is a consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Medical professionals often use the term “erectile dysfunction” to describe this disorder and to differentiate it from other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation and orgasm. This fact sheet focuses on impotence defined as erectile dysfunction.

Impotence can be a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. These variations make defining impotence and estimating its incidence difficult. Experts believe impotence affects between 10 and 15 million American men. In 1985, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey counted 525,000 doctor-office visits for erectile dysfunction.
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