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Eur Urol. 2002 Oct;42(4):382-9.

Prevalence of erectile dysfunction in France: results of an epidemiological survey of a representative sample of 1004 men.

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Service d'Urologie, CHU de Bicêtre, 78 Rue du Général Leclerc, 94270 Le Kremlin Bicêtre, France.

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  • Eur Urol. 2002 Nov;42(5):529.



Several recent studies have reported prevalence rates for erectile dysfunction (ED) displaying considerable variation from country to country. We report here the results of a survey carried out in France in 2001.


This study was carried out by means of telephone interviews, on a representative sample of 1004 men aged 40 years or over. The prevalence of ED was determined from the patient's self-evaluation and International Index of Erectile Dysfunction 5 (IIEF-5) score.


We found that in France in men aged 40 years and over, one man in three (31.6%) presented ED, of essentially mild or moderate severity (according to IIEF-5 score). We also found that the majority of men suffering from ED expressed dissatisfaction with their relations with their partner. Finally, a large proportion of men stated that they were ready to consult a doctor.


This survey confirms that the prevalence of ED is high in France. This condition, which represents a source of distress that remains difficult to express and to assess, should be evaluated more effectively by rigorous and standardised methods, particularly as oral and effective treatments are now available.

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