Interestingly enough, even as a gynecologist, I hear a lot about erectile dysfunction (ED)—the inability to achieve or maintain an erection to complete sexual activity.  Women do get frustrated when their sexual partners cannot perform.

Keep in mind, men suffer from some of the same ailments that women do, namely emotional and relationship problems that get them down…no pun intended.

But, I wanted to alert you about the fact that erectile dysfunction can be a sign of serious medical problems like coronary heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.  Diabetes can affect the penile nerves and atherosclerosis (build up of fatty material like cholesterol in the arteries) also affects the penis!

More than one third of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from moderate to severe ED.  That’s a lot…probably includes someone you know.  Seventy four per cent of men are too embarrassed to discuss erectile dysfunction with their physicians, but since it is often a result of disease, it can also alert physicians that an undiagnosed problem is at the root cause.

Of course, we have all heard about Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis.  I want to remind you that some men cannot use these medications because of heart problems.  For those who cannot use these medications however, there is a wide range of other therapies that a urologist or primary care physician can offer.  There is something available for every man.

There it is, now spread the word!

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