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Is impotence the same thing as erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile dysfunction and impotence are two terms, often used interchangeably, that mean almost the same thing. Erectile dysfunction refers to difficulty getting or keeping an erection that's firm enough to last through sex. Impotence is a slightly broader term that can encompass other sexual health concerns, such as low sex drive as well as problems with ejaculation and achieving orgasm.

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