The toll of impotence

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Relationships are being destroyed by impotence, with more than 20 per cent of sufferers reporting a break-up because of the problem, a survey disclosed yesterday.

Yet according to the Impotence Association, which represents men with erectile dysfunction, the majority of cases are treatable. The Association survey of 432 sufferers and 194 partners was published two days before National Impotence Day, February 14, which coincides with Valentine's Day. At the same time a new non-injectible treatment for impotence was launched by London-based Astra Pharmaceuticals. The survey showed that 21 per of sufferers blamed the break up of a relationship on impotence.