Don’t Allow Erectile Dysfunction to Steal Your Manhood

Don’t Allow Erectile Dysfunction to Steal Your Manhood
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer During my four years of living with erectile dysfunction (ED), I came to the conclusion that ED is a thief. I wrote this on the back cover of my book, Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants: “Erectile dysfunction is a thief. ED takes away physical and emotional intimacy. ED steals your confidence in the bedroom. ED robs you of your manhood. ED walks off with your self-esteem. Left untreated, ED has the power and potential to destroy lives and end relationships.” I never realized the powerful association between my ability to maintain an erection and my sense of manhood, until I lost that ability. From that point on, I was trapped in a cycle of negative thinking that opened the door for ED to steal my manhood. Here are some destructive thoughts brought about by ED: • I’m worthless as a man. • I’ll never be able to sexually satisfy my partner. • My partner would be better off without me. • There’s no point to maintaining any type of sexual relationship. • I’m a total failure. • I’ll never enjoy sexual pleasure again. (At age 58, I had no idea a man could have an orgasm with a flaccid penis.) Any one of these thoughts has devastating effects on a man’s sense of self-esteem, his confidence, his sexuality, and his relationship with his partner. In an effort to avoid thinking any of th
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

One comment

  1. Chris O'Neill says:

    “Your doctor or urologist is the first stop.”

    If your doctor or urologist got you into this situation through PSA screening then they are the last place you should stop because they have demonstrated a lack of medical competence.

    If anyone stole your manhood then it’s the doctor or urologist who persuaded you to get PSA screening (or just did it without even telling you) but without also telling you that no-one has shown that PSA screening will increase your expected lifetime, i.e. it does not “save lives”.

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