Judging by the frequency of Cialis commercials, it would seem every man over 50 has erectile dysfunction. How many are really sitting on their front porch, holding hand with their wife, staring vacantly out toward the horizon?
Erectile dysfunction is the persistent inability to get or maintain an erection. The largest study done to date estimates that between 20 million and 30 million in the United States experience some degree of erectile dysfunction, the incidence increasing steadily with age. About half of men in this study who were between 50 and 60 reported some erectile dysfunction. The percentage increases to 60 percent at age 70, and 70 percent at age 80 and above
So, no, not every guy has this problem-though the drug companies might wish that were the case. The fact is that Cialis, Viagra, and Levitra are all being used very widely, not just for guys with a true plumbing problem. Of course, as long as the pills are used as prescribed, there is probably only a small risk of problems. But the risk isn’t zero. These pills can sometimes trigger an erection that won’t quit-a condition called priapism after the Greek fertility god Priapus. In priapism, the blood is literally trapped in the penis, and that’s a very bad thing. I’ll spare you the gory details, but let’s just say that a prolonged priapism leads to scar tissue within the penis that results in complete loss of erections.
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Size Matters; The Hard Facts About Male Sexuality That Every Woman Should Know…And All The Knowledge You Need To Improve Your Sex Life