Glossary of Impotence Medical Terms Used Throughout Our Site

Here are some of the terms you will come across as you read through our site.  Some will be familiar to you...others may not.

If you find yourself confused about anything you are reading please feel free to contact us for an explanation.

Common Impotence Terminology

Alprostadil - a pharmaceutical drug that dilates the blood vessels. Used in impotence injections.

Andropause - condition caused by decrease in testosterone levels(male menopause).

Anejaculation- the inability to ejaculate.

Angina- severe chest pain usually caused by lack of oxygen to the heart muscle.

Anorgasmia- failure to experience an orgasm.

Apomorphine hydrochloride- pharmaceutical name for Uprima.

Artery- blood vessel that circulates blood from the heart around the body.

Cardiovascular- concerning the heart and blood vessels.

Cholesterol- a fatty substance that is a source of fuel and contributes to cell structure, the manufacturing of hormones and other body functions.

Cialis- prescription pill for the treatment of impotence or erectile dysfunction.

Corpus cavernosum- two parallel columns of spongy tissue in the penis involved in erections.

Diabetes mellitus- a chronic disease associated with high blood sugar.

Dyspareunia- pain or extreme discomfort in the genital area, particularly the vagina, during sexual intercourse.

Ejaculate- the fluid (semen) released from the penis during ejaculation.

Erectile dysfunction- the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for the completion of sexual intercourse. (See impotence.)

Erection- a hard or rigid penis.

Hypertension- high blood pressure.

Hypotension- low blood pressure.

Hysterectomy- an operation to remove the uterus.

Impotence- the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for the completion of sexual intercourse. (See erectile dysfunction)

Interaction- the process of two drugs acting on each other.

Levitra- prescription pill for the treatment of impotence (erectile dysfunction).

Libido- sexual desire or sex drive.

Menopause- the physical and hormonal changes that occur in women when menstruation stops.

Nitrate- a form of nitric oxide that dilates the blood vessels to the heart.

Nitroglycerine- a nitrate medicine for the relief of chest pain (angina)

Orgasm- the climax of excitement during sexual activity.

PDE5 (Phosphodiesterase 5) Inhibitor- an enzyme that helps dilate blood vessels.

Peyronie's disease- a condition that causes the penis to curve unnaturally.

Placebo- a dummy medicine that has no physiological effect.

Postmenopausal- the time following menopause.

Premature ejaculation- ejaculation that occurs soon after erection.

Priapism- an erection that fails to subside after ejaculation or occurs without sexual stimulation. Usually involves pain and tenderness of the penis.

Prostate-gland at the base of the bladder and surrounding the urethra.

Prosthesis- an artifical device to replace a damaged or missing part of the body.

Psychogenic- originating in the mind.

Sexual Dysfunction- a problem or abnormality associated with sexuality.

Side effect- a reaction to a medicine.

Sildenifil Citrate- pharmaceutical name given to Viagra.

Symptom- sign of an illness or medical condition that you may be experiencing.

Tadalafil- pharmaceutical name for Cialis.

Testosterone- a hormone that produces male characteristics.

Uprima- prescription pill for the treatment of impotence (erectile dysfunction).

Urethra- the tube through which urine is passed from the bladder.

Vaginismus- an involuntary contraction of the vaginal muscles making sexual intercourse difficult or impossible.

Vardenafil- pharmaceutical name for Levitra.

Viagra- Most popular prescription pill for the treatment of impotence (erectile dysfunction).

Those are the most common terms related to impotence.  We will be adding more to this list so check back often if you'd like to learn more.

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