Impotence vs. Infertility: What is the Difference?

Impotence vs. Infertility: What is the Difference?

Impotence is often misunderstood as infertility while the truth is something else. Both of them affect a man’s sexual health & the ability for having children but impact differently.

In this blog, we’ll explore both topics in brief and discuss their treatment options too. Let’s begin.


Impotence aka erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sexual disorder that makes it difficult to penetrate during sex. In other words, it is the difficulty in getting or keeping stronger erections for penetrating during sex. Hence, men can’t perform intercourse.

While looking at the fact file, you’ll find that impotence has already affected 30 Million men in the USA alone. This number is only growing. Moreover, many men think that impotence only affects older males but it isn’t so. Men can have impotence at a younger age too (during the 30s). It can be temporary or last a lifetime. Though the causes for impotence are too many, we’re listing a few of them below.

Common causes of Impotence:

  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Mood disorders
  • Nerve damage
  • Penis scar tissue damage
  • Overuse of tobacco
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Medicinal use (antidepressants, blood pressure medicines, etc)
  • Obesity

Top Treatment Options for Impotence

The best & most preferred treatment option for impotence is oral medicines. Most men prefer prescription medicines like Cenforce Soft, Fildena Super Active, Super Kamagra, Suhagra, etc. Besides treating the symptoms of impotence, these medicines can be helpful for medical conditions like Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia & Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Not only medicines but men are also required to make several lifestyle changes to ensure their erectile health is good.


Infertility is also known as sterility. It is the inability for producing or releasing sperm. You know you’re suffering from infertility if you’re constantly trying for your partner to get pregnant but failing. However, your doctor will conduct a few tests for surety. It is also possible that your partner may have some issues and not get pregnant. So, your doctor will conduct a test for you and your partner both.

However, in the case of infertility, the issue is from the man’s side one-third time.

Common causes of Infertility:

  • Chemotherapy or other treatments for cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic disorder
  • HIV
  • Gonorrhea
  • Retrograde Ejaculation
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Exposure to pesticide
  • Overuse of alcohol, smoking, or drugs
  • Enlarged veins in testicles
  • Vasectomy
  • Mumps
  • Injuries in the male reproductive organs or surrounding part of the body

How to treat infertility?

Firstly, you should consider it infertility just because you’re trying for a baby and failing. Consult your doctor and they could conduct tests like:

  • Blood test
  • Ultrasound/Biopsy of the testicles
  • Genetic testing
  • Semen analysis

Afterward, they’ll determine the underlying cause and then prescribe relevant treatment. Here are the common treatment options:

  • Surgery
  • Infection treatment
  • Hormone replacement therapy


By the time you’ve read the basics and some brief about impotence and infertility, you know they’re not the same. Also, the causes and treatment for both of them differ too. So, you should get relevant medical help for treating the respective sexual disorder.