Impotence More Common in Men Who Pop Painkillers

Older men tend to both take more painkillers and experience more sexual problems, and a new study reveals that the two may be connected.  The link between impotence and pain meds remained even after ruling out age and several other diseases as possible explanations.

Regular users of drugs like aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Celebrex were 38 percent more likely to have erectile dysfunction.  The drugs are thought to block the hormones that govern men's erections.

According to Reuters:

“According to the National Institutes of Health, about one in 100 men in their 40s have erectile dysfunction, compared with almost half of men older than 75.  For the current study ... [o]f those who took painkillers regularly, 64 percent said they could never get an erection compared to 36 percent of men who didn't take the drugs often.”

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