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The ED Conversation Dilemma: Forty Percent of Men with ED Don't Talk to Their Doctor, Survey Finds
Date:7/16/2008

"Unfortunately, men tend not to talk about ED with their partner, their doctor or their friends," said Michael A. Perelman, Ph.D., co-director of the Human Sexuality Program at the Payne Whitney Clinic at NY Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. "As a psychologist and sexual medicine specialist, I would encourage any man who thinks he might have ED to talk with a healthcare professional to learn about available treatment options."

Patient-Physician Communication Helps Dispel ED Myths

A majority (88%) of men with ED surveyed recognize that ED is a treatable condition, and the survey revealed that men who discuss ED with a doctor are less likely to believe some of the common myths associated with ED treatments.

-- Approximately seven in 10 (68%) men with ED surveyed who have spoken with their doctor about ED do not believe that erections occur without any sexual stimulation when using prescription ED drugs, compared to just a third (33%) of those who have not spoken with their doctor.

-- Sixty-five percent of men with ED surveyed who have spoken with a doctor about ED recognize that ED drugs do not immediately take effect after a few minutes, compared to only 41 percent of men who have not spoken to a doctor.

About ED

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to attain and or maintain erection to perform satisfactory sexual intercourse.(1) Although it is estimated that ED affects more than 30 million men in the United States, only a small fraction seek counseling or treatment.(2) Factors that can contribute to ED include high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, smoking, stress or anxiety, depression, low testosterone levels and some types of prescription drugs.(3,4)

About the Survey

A total of 300 interviews were completed online between April 22 and April 29, 2008 among men who reported that they were age 45 and older, residing in the U.S., and suffering fr
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