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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/21/health/21brody.html

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A man's ability to perform sexually can be impaired by a host of factors, including disorders that affect nerves, blood vessels or hormonal output; certain medications (both prescription and over the counter); diseases like diabetes, stroke, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy; aging; psychological problems like depression and performance anxiety; pelvic trauma, radiation or certain operations; and, of course, a loss of interest in one's sexual partner.

In many men with erectile dysfunction, a combination of factors are involved.

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease - hypertension, abnormal blood lipids, smoking and diabetes - are associated with an increased prevalence of erectile dysfunction, strongly suggesting that men seeking treatment first be evaluated for heart and blood vessel disease.

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Insufficient testosterone is an uncommon cause of erectile dysfunction, affecting about 6 percent of men with this problem. Although giving testosterone to someone with a deficiency may not in itself correct the erectile problem, testosterone is the libido hormone for both men and women and is an important stimulant of sexual desire.
Not surprisingly, no mention of circ status.

Anyone know of any evidence we could send her to investigate as far as the link between circ and ED?
 

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Nothing specific mentioned about circ (which , considering what it does to a penis is nothing short of amazing), BUT:

"According to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), for every 1,000 men in the United States, 7.7 physician office visits were made for ED in 1985. By 1999, that rate had nearly tripled to 22.3. The increase happened gradually, presumably as treatments such as vacuum devices and injectable drugs became more widely available and discussing erectile function became accepted."

Wouldn't this mirror the increasing numbers of circ'd men hitting middle age?

and: "Any disorder that causes injury to the nerves or impairs blood flow in the penis has the potential to cause ED."

"Since an erection requires a precise sequence of events, ED can occur when any of the events is disrupted."

"A physical examination can give clues to systemic problems. For example, if the penis is not sensitive to touching, a problem in the nervous system may be the cause."

http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/impotence/

What proportion of the worlds men live in the states? Well they're using 53% of the world's viagra supply:

"In the U.S., which represents 53 percent of the worldwide ED market, Viagra generated strong fourth-quarter revenues of $248 million, representing a 14-percent increase over the third quarter."

http://www.pfizer.com/pfizer/are/inv..._2005_0119.jsp

http://www.ims-global.com/insight/ne...ry_991007a.htm

Don't know if that helps any. Someone should do a study.
 
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