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Conditions: Erectile Dysfunction

Erection Hardness Score

Advantages of the EHS

For many, the EHS is attractive because it is short and simple to use. With just one question, men can easily assess their erection hardness and report back to their physician.

This feature is in contrast to the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF), which is considered the gold standard for assessing a man’s erections. The IIEF is a 15-item self-reported questionnaire that evaluates five domains: erectile function, orgasmic function, sexual desire, intercourse satisfaction, and overall satisfaction. The IIEF allows clinicians to diagnose erectile dysfunction and determine how severe a case may be.

Some experts are concerned clinicians may be less likely to use the IIEF because of its length, making the EHS a viable alternative in some cases.

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