What exactly does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) mean?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), that is, difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection that interferes with sexual intimacy, until 15 years ago, was in the closet, labeled “impotence.” Then came along a drug called sildenafil, which was tested by Pfizer to treat heart disease symptoms, like angina. It flunked the tests, but when men started chortling about all the erections they were experiencing while enrolled in the study, sildenafil was taken off the shelf and earned FDA approval for erectile dysfunction.
Why treat ED?
Anyone who asks this has never had it. 100 million men worldwide do, however. Intercourse is so important that many religious and civil definitions of marriage use it as the criterion that consummation of marriage. This is somewhat an intrusion of privacy, because there are many asexual unions that work fine. But the majority of unions that suffer ED do not work fine. They struggle.
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Viagra was an accident.
Sildenafil was a drug being investigated by Pfizer for treating blood pressure. It flunked the stringent FDA criteria to make the grade, but as the story goes, the men participating in the study began snickering about all the erections they were having. And the rest, as they say, is history.
What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile dysfunction (ED)—formally called impotence—is a failure to have or maintain an erection, which is sexually crippling. Along with premature and other ejaculatory abnormalities, it is one of the categories of sexual dysfunction in men.
The penis normally has a mechanism by which engorgement with blood expands the flaccid, erectile tissues such that penetration in intercourse is possible. Erectile dysfunction—or, ED—affects up to 40% of men over 40 and 70% over 70.
What’s going on? Is it a mutation? A new type of zombie apocalypse?
Why is ED getting to be so common?