Measuring Erectile Dysfunction Level by Using IIEF

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To cure impotence or erectile dysfunction, one we should know is the dysfunction level. Many clinics can take the measurement, but it has qualitative character.

So it is hard to held research based on clinic measurement. That is why new instrument in the form of questionnaires has been invented as erectile dysfunction measurement tools.

By filling the questionnaire, both doctor and patient can determine erectile dysfunction level. Even though this tool is measure only the erectile performance and not the cause, but this method very useful to gathered information about patient condition. Then both doctor and patient will have the same perception to decide the next step of the treatment.

After receiving the score, doctor will start to plan the next step. Most patients are happier when they know that they have minor or medium erectile dysfunction cause it will be easier and need short of time to cure. However, when the result is serious erectile dysfunction, both doctor and patient will be more serious also in the treatment.

Instrument measurement using questionnaire method is called IIEF (International Index of Erectile Function, Lq Rosen Raymond C., Riley Alan, Wagner Gorm et al 1997). This instrument was invented by world health committee. At first, it has a wide and complicated scope that is hard for a doctor and patient to do it, but then they make it simple become IIEF-5.

From 15 questions in IIEF, only 5 required to be taken and already represent whole in general.

Erection level determination is really helpful for research. But it is a bit hard in practical clinics. It is important for them to know the history and development of erectile dysfunction start in the beginning and consultation phase. They require also knowing other disease or illness that can cause or support the erectile dysfunction.

The way patients live is also important especially their sexual relationship. Then doctors or therapists will understand completely everything that related to patients erectile dysfunction. They can also decide the best treatment program, prognoses and length of time to cure.

International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-5

It requires a test to determine normal erection. There are some ways to examine and determine erectile function, start from the simple one till the complicated one by using additional equipment.

As a starter, simple way that can be used is by answering several questions in International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire. IIEF consist of 15 questions related to erection, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual desire and sexual satisfaction.

From those 15 questions, five will be taken to represent everything. It is called IIEF-5. Here are the 5 questions, which has their own score for each choice.

For the last six months:

1. On which degree is your confidence on your erection during sexual cores?

  • Very low
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Very high

2. How often does your erection make your penis able to penetrate inside vagina?

  • Never
  • Rarely (less than 50%)
  • Sometimes (around 50%)
  • Often (more than 50%)
  • Always

3. How often are you able to maintain hard erection inside vagina?

  • Never
  • Rarely (less than 50%)
  • Sometimes (around 50%)
  • Often (more than 50%)
  • Always

4. How hard it is for you to maintain erection till ejaculation?

  • Never
  • Rarely (less than 50%)
  • Sometimes (around 50%)
  • Often (more than 50%)
  • Always

5. How often is your satisfaction during sexual cores?

  • Never
  • Rarely (less than 50%)
  • Sometimes (around 50%)
  • Often (more than 50%)
  • Always

By answering those question and get the scores, men can measure their erectile dysfunction.

The total score is in the range of 1 to 25. The higher the score is then the erectile function also better. Normal erection will reach score 20 or above. Serious erectile dysfunction can be determine with score 10 or bellow.

Keep calm when you receive low score and take necessary actions. You still require getting further examination to understand the causes of your erectile dysfunction. Then you can take proper medical treatment.

4 Responses

  1. serhat says:

    I am 44 years and I have hipertension and hipercholesteronenia. I get daily medication for hipertension and cholesterol and an aspirin a day. This madication is taken for the last 3 years. I have always had problems with planned sex. I never liked making plan with my wife and make sex. I always prefere sex at spontanous moments.
    But recently (15 days) I can not get erection. I tried sex with my wife for several times but I failed. At the beginning of this period I had erections when I slep and suddenly lost when I woke up. But now I do not have erection at sleep also. I even can not achieve erection by touching and inducing by hand.
    I do not know what to do. My wife says there is no problem and we just have to wait. Because I have started to a new duty which doubled my thinking and exostion. She says I have to calm down and get rid of my stress. But my heart does not get satisfied. I do not know what to do

  2. planofun says:

    “My wife says there is no problem and we just have to wait. Because I have started to a new duty which doubled my thinking and exostion. She says I have to calm down and get rid of my stress. But my heart does not get satisfied.”
    Can more?

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