Saturday, July 27, 2013

Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Rejected By Older Mexican Men (Research, Video 3:25)

If you watch television regularly, you are probably aware of several commercials encouraging men with erectile dysfunction to use drug treatment to have better sex. Erectile dysfunction or impotence, which occurs commonly in older men, is a man’s inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough to have intercourse. There are various causes and treatments for erectile dysfunction that are explained in the video near the end of this post.

Many men embrace drugs and other medical aids to naturalize lifelong performance of intercourse as a marker of youthful sex in older aging. But few people hear about men who believe that having no or less sex can be a conscious strategy for respectable aging. Research reported on 250 Mexican men and published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly states that, despite the traditional association of intercourse with successful masculinity, many older, working-class Mexican men who have erectile difficulty reject “youthful” sexuality and drugs that facilitate it. They choose instead to embody a "mature" masculinity focused on home and family. The following social and structural factors influenced these men's decisions:
  1. Most participants were encouraged by their wives to act out respectable older masculinity. These men interpreted decreasing erectile function as natural and appropriate.
  2. Men were deterred from seeking medical erectile dysfunction treatment by drug cost. 
  3. Men were deterred by the structure of government-funded medical care.
According to the National Institutes of Health, between 15% and 25% of 65-year-old men experience erectile dysfunction on a long-term basis. This video titled Erectile Dysfunction (ED) - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Modalities further explains erectile dysfunction:

Frances Shani Parker, Author
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