Traditionally, men are prouder about their masculinity than women are about their femininity. Male ego is a very powerful thing and to have anything question a man’s masculinity or his male pride is something that most men will not discuss.
It took many years for women to open up and talk about breast, uterine and cervical cancer and other health issues experienced only by women. It’s only recently that some men are beginning to open up about male health issues, especially the most personal of all – erectile dysfunction. The very idea of a man being unable to obtain or maintain an erection has been a direct threat to his masculinity for years.
Therefore, the figures I’m about to share are questionable because there is no telling how many men experience erectile dysfunction. I did discover one report that stated:
About 5 percent of men that are 40 years old have complete erectile dysfunction, and that number increases to about 15 percent of men at age 70. Mild and moderate erectile dysfunction affects approximately 10 percent of men per decade of life (i.e., 50 percent of men in their 50s, 60 percent of men in their 60s). Erectile dysfunction can occur at any age, but it is more common in men that are older. Older men are more likely to have health conditions that require medication, which can interfere with erectile function. Additionally, as men age, they may need more stimulation to get an erection and more time between erections.
Another source reports:
According to the authors, erectile dysfunction is a growing concern. They explain that, in the United States, annual expenditure on erectile dysfunction was $330 million in 2000, compared with $185 million in 1994.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, medications and injuries are among the leading causes. Men taking medications for high blood pressure can face a double whammy because many of these medications can also cause erectile dysfunction.
We’ve all seen the ads for the ‘little blue pill’ and now some similar medications. The ‘little blue pill’ often comes with a price tag of $50 or more per pill. So, many men are wondering if there is anything else they can do, other than lose weight and eliminate their high blood pressure to treat or cure erectile dysfunction. Well, here are some suggestions that some may want to try:
- Panax ginseng (Asian or red ginseng) – often called the herbal Viagra. Studies have shown that doses ranging from 600 mg – 1,000 mg three times a day was successful in treating ED.
- Rhodiola Rosea – one study showed that 26 of 35 men taking 150 mg – 200 mg a day for three months experienced significant improvement in treating ED.
- DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) – a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands, has been found to help with ED.
- L-arginine – an amino acid that naturally occurs in the body. This amino acid produces nitric oxide which helps relax blood vessels which helps produce successful erections.
- Yohimbe – an extract taken from the bark of the Yohimbe tree found in Africa. It is recommended that you talk to your doctor before taking Yohimbe.
- Acupuncture – a 1999 study showed that 39% of men with ED performed better and a 2003 study showed that 21% of men with ED performed better.
Men – man up and face the fact that you may or do have erectile dysfunction. Is it due to your health, medications or some other reason? Talk to your doctor to determine the cause and then determine what treatment you want to pursue. Ignoring it, denying it and doing nothing about it can be more harmful to your self-image and relationships than the erroneous embarrassment you think you face by admitting it.