No one likes to talk about performance issues in the bedroom, but it’s not uncommon. About half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 experience erectile dysfunction (ED) to some degree. Here are some other ED facts you probably were not aware of:
1. Erectile dysfunction is hard to define but generally it is not considered a medical condition unless a man fails to achieve an erection more than 50 percent of the time.
2. ED can be an early warning sign of other medical issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease. So, if you are experiencing problems, it might be time to get checked out by a doctor.
3. Drinking two cups of coffee every day can dramatically improve the frequency and longevity of an erection. Three cups of coffee is less beneficial but still better than no coffee at all.
4. Japan has the highest incidence of self-reported ED, followed by China and the United States.
5. Men with gum disease are more likely to suffer from ED than men with pearly whites. Researchers suspect that bacteria from diseased gums can enter the bloodstream and damage blood vessels, impeding blood flow to the penis.
6. Some medications can cause erectile dysfunction, such as diuretics, antidepressants, corticosteroids, and antihistamines.
7. ED drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis, can help remedy the situation, but they can also increase the risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Men who use Viagra have an 84 percent increased risk of developing melanoma, and the risk remains for men who have ever used the drug but have discontinued use.
8. Nearly half of all Viagra users reported suffering from at least one side effect from use. However, only one percent of men who tested the drug during clinical trials were bothered enough to discontinue treatment.
9. Each year, men worldwide spend about $4.3 billion on drugs to treat erectile dysfunction.
10. Pfizer, maker of Viagra, is facing hundreds of lawsuits from men who claim they were never warned that using the drug could increase their risk of developing deadly melanoma.