Erectile Dysfunction, ICD-9 and General Information

Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes referred to as impotence, occurs when a man is unable to develop and keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It’s fairly common for most men to experience some type of erectile dysfunction once or twice in their lives, but for many men, ED is an ongoing problem. In addition to the problem potentially being linked to a serious medical condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, vascular disease, or prostate cancer, it can also cause a great deal of stress and have a negative effect on your sexual activity and an intimate relationship.

It’s important if ED is an ongoing concern for you that you see a doctor for an official diagnosis. As common as problems with erectile dysfunction are, it’s just as common to feel uneasy or embarrassed, but the best thing you can do is bring the problem to your doctor. Not only might there be a way to manage the problem, you’ll be able to determine if something more serious is occurring.

What are the symptoms of ED?

  • Trouble developing an erection
  • Trouble maintaining an erection long enough to have intercourse
  • Having a decrease in libido or sexual desire

There might also be other sexual issues occurring in addition to ED, including premature or delayed ejaculation. Additionally, many men experience ED and sexual problems as the result of other health issues, including heart disease or diabetes. These issues increase the risk for ED.

Why the Cause of Your Erectile Dysfunction Matters

Knowing why erectile dysfunction is occurring is important, not just for health reasons but also because of your health insurance coverage. The current system of medical codes, known as the International Classification of Diseases or ICD-9, is used to classify diagnoses and causes of death. In 2015, the ICD-9 was replaced by the ICD-10.

According to the ICD-9, the code for erectile dysfunction, organic is 607.84. This classification also includes diagnoses such as:

  • Impotence of organic origin
  • Organic impotence
  • Impotence, s/p prostatectomy, urethral

The ICD-9 code for erectile dysfunction, non-organic is 302.72. This classification also includes diagnoses such as:

  • Erectile dysfunction, psychogenic
  • Psychosexual dysfunction with inhibited sexual excitement

According to the ICD-10, 607.84 is replaced by N529, which is defined as male erectile dysfunction, unspecified, and 302.72 is replaced by F5221, which is defined as male erectile disorder or F528, which is defined as other sexual dysfunction not due to a substance or known physiological condition.

Identifying the cause of erectile dysfunction can be extremely important when it comes to treating the problem, and for ensuring that insurance companies are willing to accommodate what you need for treatment. If you have any concerns, make sure you ask your doctor about the cause of your ED. They can evaluate the information provided by your insurance company and help you correct any mistakes if there is a problem.

What Is the Natural Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction?

Other than over-the-counter medications or prescribed drugs, there are numerous treatment options for erectile dysfunction. How it is treated depends a great deal on the cause of the problem, but there are also remedies that help with overall sexual health and improve the condition of an erection regardless of the cause. When you’re feeling good overall and in the best health possible for your age, it can improve your performance in the bedroom. However, it’s important to identify the cause of ED before moving forward with any treatment, natural or otherwise.

There are several pharmaceutical medications available for easing the symptoms of ED, such as Viagra and Cialis. Also there are also a number of natural options. Some of the most common ways men choose to deal with ED include:


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Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicinal treatment that utilizes needles to clear energy blockages and boost blood flow. It’s been helpful for treating a variety of medical issues, including ED.


Arginine is found naturally in food or can be taken as a supplement. It relaxes blood vessels and is sometimes used for heart health. There’s also evidence it boosts blood circulation to the penis.

Some doctors recommend L-citrulline instead of arginine because it boosts your body’s natural arginine production. However, taking too much can reduce your blood pressure to unhealthy levels, so be sure to use L-citrulline with doctor’s supervision and with caution.


DHEA is a hormone that your body converts into testosterone. For many men, the cause of their ED is related to sinking testosterone levels, so this can be effective.

Ginkgo Biloba

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Ginkgo Biloba is a popular herbal remedy that boosts blood flow. It’s also used to enhance memory and treat blood disorders. There is skepticism over its effectiveness regarding ED, and many in the medical community are concerned about its side effects, which include digestive distress, increased bleeding, and convulsions.


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Ginseng is a commonly used herbal ED remedy because its effects are backed by some existing scientific evidence. It’s also recommended by doctors because they know it’s safe and triggers few if any side effects. Many doctors are unsure if it works, but if their patient is looking for a natural solution to ED, there’s a chance ginseng can provide a placebo effect (depending on the cause of ED) with very little risk.

Horny Goat Weed

Horny goat weed has been used for centuries to treat ED in traditional Chinese medicine. There’s also evidence it boosts energy. There is some evidence it lowers blood pressure, which can be good or bad depending on your current health.


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Pomegranate juice or extract is a great thing to add to your diet if you’re concerned about ED. It is nutritious and can help heart health. There’s limited evidence it helps with ED, but if something boosts your overall health, it’s worth a try.

Two addition herbal remedies, Rhodiola Rosea and Yohimbe, have both shown promise for treating ED. the former boosts energy and endurance, which can help with sexual dysfunction. The latter has been used for many years to treat ED, especially for men whose problems are linked to depression.

If you’d like to know more about natural remedies for treating ED or you have questions about why you’re experiencing problems with erectile or sexual dysfunction, schedule an appointment with your doctor.