Inability to achieve an erection to sufficiently procreate, or enjoy sexual intercourse, or have proper penetrative sex.



To be unable to achieve a sufficient erection, that is hard enough to penetrate another person, in the anus, or vagina

To achieve an erection, but be unable to maintain it for sufficient time, in which to properly enjoy and/or engage in sexual penetration.

To be unable to achieve an erection of the penis.

Not to be confused with Sterility, the inability to produce sufficient spermatozoa for reproduction fertilization.

Impotency is more of the mechanics than the ability to produce sperm, or obtain an orgasm. It is more in relation to the penis becoming filled with blood, to achieve a full erection, that can last during sexual engagement, that leads to an orgasm.


Early Muslim Physicians and Pharmacists are recorded as providing a treatment for this problem.

This dates to the medieval Islamic world, where usually a single drug, or a drug in combination with selected foods were used to treat this condition.

These treatments are noted from the 9th Century to the 16th Century.

More modern cures, are noted as being known during the 1920's and 1930's.


Many factors can contribute to this medical condition, not all are caused by disease, or low body chemistry.

There can be deep rooted mental problems, that can impact one's ability to get a hard penis, and maintain it.

From excessive anxiety to not performing well, to a fear of being inadequate.

Other illnesses can also lead, over time to this condition.

Diabetes, high blood pressure, can all be factors resulting in a poor erection, or in not achieving one, despite stimulation.

Penile erection, getting a boner, are caused by two different functions in the body, and both must be in working order to achieve the full arousal of the penis. A Stiffy.

Testosterone levels can have an impact, as can other issues.

Being unable to get fully erect, or erect, does not preclude one from having an orgasm, but is problematic in obtaining one.

Practice (Associated Acts):

Some studies have shown that circumcision can lead to increased risk of impotence, while other studies, do not find that correlation.

There is no definitive test, to determine if a person has EDS, which is today's term referring to being impotent.

Simple blood tests, are mainly used to find underlying conditions, that can lead to or accentuate an erectile problem.

Excessive alcohol or use of illegal drugs are well documented causes that can lead to EDS.

Brewer's Droop or Whiskey Dick are euphemisms derived from the problem, by heavy drinkers. Even in Macbeth, it is mentioned.


It is believed that about 1 in 10 men will experience some form of erectile problems, in their lifetime.

A study in 2002 showed a possible link to Impotency through bicycle riding, in an excessive form.

It claims that the time spent on a bike, and the pressure being exerted on the penis from the saddle (seat) can lead to problems in obtaining an erection.

Obesity can also effect one's ability to get an erection.

There is also some evidence that penis size, specifically those with a smaller penis size than average, are prone to impotency.

It is conservatively estimated that approximately 30 million males in the USA suffer some form of impotency.

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