National Geographic : 1999 Nov
When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my first concern was ridding myself of the cancer. But I was also concerned about possible postoperative side effects, like erectile dysfunction (E.D.), often called impotence. So I asked my doctor about treatment options. I'm speaking out now in the hope that men with E.D. will get proper treatment for a condition that affects millions of men and their partners. Most E.D. cases are associated with physical conditions or events, like the prostate cancer surgery I underwent. The most common causes of E.D. include diabetes, high blood pressure, spinal cord injury, or surgery for the prostate or colon. E.D. can also be associated with smoking, alcohol abuse, or psychological conditions such as anxiety or stress. The good news is that many effective treatments are available for E.D. But the important first step is to talk to your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can decide which treatment is best for you. Now it's up to you to get the treatment you need for E.D. My advice is to get a medical checkup. It's the best way to get educated about E.D. and what can be done to treat it. It may take a little courage, but I've found that everything worthwhile usually does. For more information about erectile dysfunction, please call 1-800-433-4215. ©1999, Pfizer Inc HC433A98B GET EDUCATED ABOUT E.D.