If Sexual Dysfunction Were a Virus, “It’d Be Pandemic”: Expert

After more than 30 years of marriage, Ernie and Cynthia Dillard thought their sex life was over.

“I never thought that ED (erectile dysfunction) was something I would have to deal with,” Ernie Dillard said. “I felt like I was not meeting my responsibilities as a husband, as a man. Something’s wrong, you’re getting too old; you can’t have sex anymore. All the negative things popped up.”

Cynthia Dillard thought it was her fault.

“My first reaction was, ‘It’s me. I guess I’m not sexy enough anymore,’ and he kept saying no, but he didn’t want to talk about it either,” Cynthia Dillard said.

Their experience is common, according to sexual health expert Dr. Lawrence Paletz of Western Institute for Sexual Health.

“Fifty percent of all males and females in our population, over the age of 40, have some sort of sexual dysfunction,” Paletz said, “It’s very common. In fact, if this was a virus, it would be pandemic.”… continue reading



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