Psychosocial and Relationship Issues in Men With Erectile Dysfunction

Patrick J. DiMeo, BSN, RN, OCN


Urol Nurs. 2006;26(6):442-446. 

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Functional Effects

Not being able to physically achieve or maintain an erection is important to the male and his sense of maleness. In the hierarchy of signs that confirm and confer manhood that correspond to sexual activity, men list having an erection at the top of their list, followed by penile penetration, sexual desire, and lastly, the ability to ejaculate (Pontin, Porter, & McDonagh, 2002). The inability to function sexually can impact the role a man plays in the world, thus taking away his identity. Therefore, the loss of erectile capability can have a profound effect on a man and how he is viewed by society (Dunsmuir, 1999). The ability to perform sexually is very important to a man. ED, resulting in the loss of sexual function, can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction with life and add to his stress (Jack, 2005).


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