Erectile Dysfunction (ICD 10): Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

Erectile dysfunction also known as impotence, is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.


Some symptoms associated with Erectile dysfunction may include:

  • Having trouble getting an erection
  • A reduced desire for sex.
  • Trouble keeping an erection


Erectile dysfunction can occur as a result of so many problems such as hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels.

Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, therefore stress and mental health concerns can cause or worsen erectile dysfunction.

Often times a combination of physical and psychological issues causes erectile dysfunction. For example, a physical condition that reduces your sexual response resulting in anxiety can lead to or worsen erectile dysfunction.

Physical causes of Erectile Dysfunction

There are many physical conditions that could cause erectile dysfunction such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High cholesterol
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Use of Tobacco
  • Metabolic syndrome ( this is a condition that is associated with increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist, and high cholesterol
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Peyronie’s disease ( This is a condition in which there is a development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • High intake of alcohol
  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Low testosterone.

Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction

The human brain plays a huge role in triggering a series of physical events that cause an erection, starting with feelings of sexual excitement. There is a number of conditions that can interfere with sexual feelings and cause erectile dysfunction. These conditions may include:

  • Depression, anxiety, or any other mental health conditions
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems in relationships due to stress, poor communication, or other concerns.


The most effective way to prevent erectile dysfunction is to make healthy lifestyle choices and manage any existing health conditions.

  1. Working with your doctor to manage diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic health conditions.
  2. Exercising regularly.
  3. Take steps to reduce stress.
  4. Always see your doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests.
  5. Do not smoke, limit alcohol, and avoid using illegal drugs.
  6. Get help for anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.

Erectile Dysfunction ICD 10

International Classification of Diseases(ICD), serves a broad range of uses globally and provides critical knowledge on the extent, causes, and consequences of human disease and death worldwide using data that is reported and coded with the ICD.

Clinical terms coded with ICD are the main basis for health recording and statistics on disease in primary, secondary, and tertiary care, as well as on cause of death certificates. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has been the basis for comparable statistics on causes of mortality and morbidity between places for more than a century.

ICD – ICD-10-CM – International Classification of Diseases,(ICD-10-CM/PCS Transition ).The ICD-10 code system offers accurate and up-to-date procedure codes to improve health care costs and ensure fair reimbursement policies.

The current codes specifically help healthcare providers to identify patients in need of immediate disease management and to tailor effective disease management programs. Work on ICD-10 began in 1983, became endorsed by the Forty-third World Health Assembly in 1990, and was first used by member states in 1994.

It contains codes for diseases, signs, and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or diseases.

What is the ICD-10 Code for Erectile Dysfunction?

ICD-10 code N52. 9 for Male erectile dysfunction, unspecified is a medical classification as listed by WHO under the range – Diseases of the genitourinary system.

Male erectile dysfunction, unspecified N52. 9 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes. The 2022 edition of ICD-10-CM N52. 9 became effective on October 1, 2021.

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