Impotence refers to the inability to maintain and achieve an erection sufficient for sexual activity. Impotence is synonymous with erectile dysfunction. For more detailed information on causative factors, risk factors, and naturopathic treatment see the section on Erectile Dysfunction.
|Causes||Dietary Factors, Smoking, Infections, Stress, Environmental Toxins|
|See Also||Men's Health, Women's Health, Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, Thyroid Disorders|
|Books||Books on Men's Health|
|Articles||Articles on Men's Health|
Types of Impotence
There are two main types of impotence - organic and psychogenic.
- Organic impotence is associated with an underlying physiological condition preventing the ability to achieve or maintain an erection. It is distinguished from psychogenic impotence by its insidious and progressive onset, and constant nature. Common underlying conditions causing organic impotence include but are not limited to:
- Psychogenic impotence is associated with an underlying psychological condition preventing the ability to achieve or maintain an erection. Unlike organic impotence, psychogenic impotence presents with an abrupt onset, occurs intermittently, and may be situational. Common underlying conditions associated with psychogenic impotence include but are not limited to:
Reviewed by Iva Lloyd, BScH, RPE, ND 
- Ende J (1990) Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations 3rd ed Chap 187 Organic Impotence Butterworths