January 2006, Volume 36 Number 1 , p 18 - 19
WEEKS, BRIDGET RN, CS, FNP, MS; FICORELLI, CARMEL T. RN, FNP, MS
PREVIOUSLY KNOWN as impotence, erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection adequate for satisfactory sexual intercourse—and it may be the last subject a man will bring up with his health care provider. He may be embarrassed to admit he's having a problem or not know it can be treated.
In this article, we'll explain how to educate your patients about ED and discuss three newer drugs for treating it. In a subsequent article, we'll tell you about other treatment options, such as injectable drugs and implantable devices.
Figure. No caption available. ED isn't inevitable
Affecting over 152 million men worldwide, 30 million of them in the United States, ED isn't uncommon. According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study of 1994, half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 experience some degree of ED. Nonetheless, it's not ...