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Erectile Dysfunction Awareness Month – November 2024

Impotency, or erectile dysfunction (ED), affects millions of men and their intimate partners. The term refers to a chronic difficulty in getting or sustaining an erection sufficient for sexual activity. Over half of men report having experienced erectile dysfunction at some time or another. National Impotency Month was created to encourage awareness of this common affliction which is so often shrouded by taboo and secrecy.

Erectile Dysfunction Awareness Month timeline


Viagra, the first drug to reliably treat ED, hit the market. ​

The discovery of testosterone

Testosterone, a sex hormone associated with erections, would thereafter play an important part of research into ED.

First successful ED surgery

An Italian doctor successfully performed a surgery to unblock the arteries that supply blood to the penis in a man suffering from ED.

How to Observe Erectile Dysfunction Awareness Month

  1. Get some exercise

    Since erections involve circulating blood to the penis, anything that improves circulation will improve erectile function.

  2. Schedule a prostate exam

    Many problems associated with ED originate in the prostate – for example, prostatitis ( enlarged prostate), or prostate cancer. Even if you think you’re too young to have to worry about it, keeping a proactive attitude toward prostate health will help you avoid problems like these in the future.

  3. Sexual activity

    Making time for regular sexual activity now can guard against ED in the future. Research suggests that long periods without an erection deprives penile tissues of the oxygen-rich blood they need to stay strong and flexible.

4 Hard-To-Believe Facts About ED

  1. ​Historical ED treatments will shock you

    ED and ways to treat it are to be found in the earliest medical texts from ancient Egypt onward. Over the years, treatments have included garlic, snake meat, and...electricity!

  2. ​ED could lead to divorce

    ​In medieval Europe and the Middle East, women could divorce their husbands on the grounds of erectile dysfunction. If the man in question decided to contest these charges, he would be brought into the courtroom and made to prove his potency before a panel of doctors and a beautiful woman hired for the occasion.

  3. Viagra had other intentions

    Viagra originally treated high blood pressure and certain heart conditions. When Pfizer discovered it led to erections, they decided to market it for this purpose instead. Viagra is now one of the most widely consumed drugs in the world

  4. You're never too powerful to get ED

    ​Former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, a prostate cancer survivor who struggled with ED, took part in the clinical trials for Viagra. He spoke frankly about his ED in a commercial for the drug.

Why Erectile Dysfunction Awareness Month is Important

  1. Sexual health is physical health

    Sexual health is an important, yet often overlooked, factor in overall wellbeing. Regular sex has demonstrated benefits to many aspects of physical health, including brain function, cardiovascular activity, and immune response.

  2. ED can warn of health risks

    Erectile dysfunction is often the first warning sign of serious health concerns. It can be a symptom of afflictions such as heart disease, diabetes, or neurological disorders.

  3. Sexual health is emotional health

    A satisfying sex life is an integral component to one’s emotional wellbeing and overall quality of life. Many men find that when they cannot perform sexually, their mood, confidence, or motivation can suffer. Sexual difficulties often strain intimate relationships as well.

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