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National Impotence Day – February 14, 2023

National Impotence Day is observed on February 14 every year to raise awareness about erectile dysfunction, commonly known as impotence. The day is observed not only to raise awareness among the general public but also health professionals.

As more people become aware of the condition and the causes of erectile dysfunction, the easier it becomes for those who suffer from it to deal with it. They will have an easier time discussing the issue if more people are aware of it and the stigma of the condition is removed.

Awareness of the issue among health professionals makes it easier to diagnose the underlying conditions resulting in erectile dysfunction.

History of National Impotence Day

National Impotence Day is observed every year on February 14, right along with Valentine’s Day. This is to draw attention to this sexual dysfunction.

‘Impotence’ is the common term for erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is a condition where the penis either fails to become erect or stays erect during sexual activity. In the majority of cases, the causes of this dysfunction are identified as physical causes.

Diseases related to the heart, kidneys, prostate gland, testicles, and reactions to medications can all cause erectile dysfunction. In about 10% of cases, the causes of erectile dysfunction are psychological and need appropriate treatment.

In cases where the causes of erectile dysfunction are physical, treatment plans begin by addressing the underlying health concerns. This involves lifestyle changes, medication to treat cardiovascular diseases, treating diabetes, or treating other conditions that have manifested.

Other treatments that address flaccidness of the penis involve the use of drugs that help dilate blood vessels and encourage blood flow through the penile tissues.

Due to the nature of erectile dysfunction, and the stigma around sexual activities in society, men are too embarrassed to seek treatment. To get diagnosed with erectile dysfunction the condition must persist for three months.

The wide range of potential causes makes it difficult to treat erectile dysfunction. This is why National Impotence Day is important for awareness to be created about the treatment and management of erectile dysfunction. The day also creates awareness of the variety of underlying conditions that results in erectile dysfunction.

National Impotence Day timeline

1668
Discovery of the Use of Saline

Regnier de Graff discovers that injecting saline into penile blood vessels can induce an erection.

1869
Links Between Hormones and Erectile Dysfunction

French neurologist Charles-Edouard Brown-Sequard proposes that hormonal changes could affect erectile dysfunction.

1936
The First Penile Implant is Carried Out

Nicolai Bogoras carries out the first penile implant using bone and cartilage to improve the rigidity of the penis.

1999
International Consultation on Erectile Dysfunction

The first international consultation on erectile dysfunction is held in July. The consultation examines the different treatments available for erectile dysfunction.

National Impotence Day FAQs

Can impotence be cured?

Erectile dysfunction can be cured depending on the cause.

What are the main causes of erectile dysfunction?

Lifestyle and health conditions are the main causes of erectile dysfunction.

At what age do men start experiencing E.D.?

Most cases of erectile dysfunction manifest when men are between the ages of 50-59.

How to Observe National Impotence Day

  1. Share information about erectile dysfunction

    Erectile dysfunction is a disease with many factors, so sharing information is important. As people and physicians become more aware of erectile dysfunction, it becomes easier to diagnose and treat the condition.

  2. Talk about impotence

    A lot of people do not talk about or approach doctors for treatment for erectile dysfunction because they are embarrassed. The best way to remove the stigma is to normalize the discussion of impotence.

  3. Encourage exercise and general health

    Erectile dysfunction can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle like smoking or poor cardiovascular health. A great way to prevent erectile dysfunction is to live a healthy lifestyle.

5 Facts About Impotence That Will Surprise You

  1. 75% of men do not receive treatment

    Men refuse treatment because they are embarrassed.

  2. 10% of causes are psychological

    While the majority of causes of erectile dysfunction are physical, in some cases the causes can be psychological.

  3. Placebo treatments can help sometimes

    Placebo drugs often work well to resolve the psychological causes of erectile dysfunction.

  4. There is Nurse Education in Erectile Dysfunction

    Nurse Education in Erectile Dysfunction, or NEED, is a course that nurses can take to learn how to manage treatment for erectile dysfunction.

  5. Testosterone could be a possible treatment

    For men with low testosterone serum levels, additional testosterone could be a treatment.

Why National Impotence Day is Important

  1. We want to end the stigma

    Sadly many people go without treatment because of embarrassment. We want to make it easier for people to discuss erectile dysfunction and get treatment.

  2. We want to create awareness

    We want to support people and health professionals dealing with erectile dysfunction. The causes of erectile dysfunction are difficult to diagnose. We want to make it easier for everyone by creating awareness.

  3. We want to support treatment development

    Research on treating and managing erectile dysfunction is underway. We want to raise awareness about the dysfunction and help people manage it.

National Impotence Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 14Tuesday
2024February 14Wednesday
2025February 14Friday
2026February 14Saturday
2027February 14Sunday

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