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Men’s Health Month: Erectile Dysfunction

The Rite Care Pharmacy
The month of June is set aside to observe Men’s Health Month in many countries around the world. The purpose is to highlight health problems and to encourage early detection of disease among men and boys. Thousands of activities including screenings, exams, health fairs and other events are held around the globe to promote the education of health issues that effect men.

A fairly common health problem faced by some men is the sexual issue known as Erectile Dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is categorized by a pro- longed inability to get or maintain an erection.

Misconceptions: A common misconception is that failure to achieve an erection once or twice is always indicative of ED, however this is not the case. Many men have failed to achieve an erection at some point in his life, however ED refers to the consistent inability to perform sexually. Another misconception is that ED only occurs in older men. Although erectile dysfunc- tion is more prevalent in men over the age of 60 , it can just as easily occur in younger men as well be- cause some of the causes of ED are psychological and lifestyle related.