Why men should not ignore erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a more serious health problem, especially in middle-aged men.
The way Matthew Lucarelli saw it, elderly men might develop erectile dysfunction, or ED, but not a guy like himself, a 36-year-old lawyer who lives in Cheshire with his wife, Leah, and their young son.
Last year, however, the Lucarellis sensed something was wrong. “Things just weren’t the same,” says Leah, an advanced practice registered nurse. “We attributed it to the fact that we are both working parents. We both have stressful jobs and anxieties. It wasn’t until we tried to have a second child that we started to ask, ‘What’s going on here?’ We had been trying for a year and a half.”
Matthew was concerned he might have a medical problem, so Leah encouraged him to get help. Last fall he made an appointment with Charles Walker, MD, a urologist who specializes in ED who was then at Yale Medicine. ED is difficulty getting and keeping an erection. The visit involved an examination as well as some counseling, which surprised Matthew. “I was able to open up and really talk about the issues,” he says.
He left with a prescription for the drug Cialis to treat his ED, a clearer picture of his health in general and new motivation to make lifestyle changes.
“The medication started to work almost instantaneously,” says Leah. [Read the full story here]
Source: Yale Medicine