Is Your Wood Not Measuring Up?

By: Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner
4.5.2012

[Hey guys, Dear Richard here. I get a lot of letters from dudes who can't get it up for one reason or another. They often ask me what they should do about it—get prescription drugs, see a therapist, look into herbal remedies, and so on. In some cases I have my suspicions about what's wrong, but I'm not a medical doctor. So in the interest of helping you guys out and giving you more accurate info, I turned to this article from Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner for answers.]

Male impotence or what the pharmaceutical industry coined “erectile dysfunction” is a common problem. Impotence every once in a while may be normal and due to stress, excess alcohol or side effects of some medications.  Regular impotence, however, is often a sign of a medical problem due to poor blood flow to the penis.

Like other blood vessels in the body, blood vessels in the penis can become clogged or blocked.  Fortunately, there are excellent and safe medications (Cialis, Levitra and Viagra are the brand names) that work for many men to increase blood flow from clogged arteries and enable a normal erection.

Men with impotence should see their doctor to find out the likely cause of the problem and discuss what treatments might be best. If the problem is psychological— for example, being able to get an erection during porn or spontaneously at night but not when around a partner—your doctor may be able to refer you to a therapist or counselor.

Finally, [at this time] there is no such thing as “generic Viagra,” “herbal Viagra” or any non-prescription medication that has been proven to help impotence. Don’t be fooled by clever or persistent advertising. Prescribed medications for impotence can interact with other medications so persons should only get those medications from their doctor.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH is a board-certified internist and infectious disease specialist. He is a deputy health officer and director of the STD Prevention and Control Services Section at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

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