Common pain relievers may be linked to an increased risk of weak erection issues. A new study shows men taking NSAIDs, medications like ibuprofen, were more likely to have sexual problems.
Millions of Americans take NSAIDs
According to WebMD, about 30 million Americans take NSAIDs, which stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The over-the-counter medications are taken for everyday aches and pains like headaches or strained muscles.
Previous studies have linked these medications to gastoinestinal problems, high blood pressure, kidney damage and sudden loss of erection.
Pain Meds and Erection Problems
According to ABC News, a recent study shows men taking NSAIDs were 1.22 times more likely to have ED, compared to men who weren’t taking NSAIDs at all.
Dr. Steven Jacobsen, director of research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, who conducted the study, was surprised by the results.
“We went into this study thinking we would find the opposite effect: that NSAIDs would have a protective effect because they protect against heart disease, which is also linked to Loss of Erection. The next step is to dive a bit deeper to understand the underlying physiology of what might be happening with these drugs.”
Jacobsen says the study doesn’t prove NSAIDs cause loss of erection.
“I think probably the more important thing is that [by] bringing this to men’s attention, that it may actually stimulate some conversation with their care provider about, first, erection problems, and, second, about some of the other risk factors for male loss of erection issues.”
Jacobsen says people should not stop taking NSAIDs without talking to their doctor first.
Male Sudden Loss of Erection Statistics:
One in 10 men in the world have erection issues.
- 30 million men in the United States have erection problems.
- 50% of men with diabetes have erection problems, frequently within 10 years of diagnosis.
- The likelihood of erection problems increases with age: 39% at age 40, 65% over the age of 65.
- Smokers have a higher likelihood of loss of erection. Men who smoke more than 1 pack per day have a 50% higher chance of impotency than nonsmokers the same age.