Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is just another name for impotence. Impotence is the persistent inability to get or keep an erection that is either not firm enough or lasts long enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem with many causes. ED can cause issues in your most important relationships and with your own self esteem. Luckily with all the treatment options available today, almost every case of ED is treatable. Treatment can range from oral medications to vacuum devices and injections, even a prostheses.