Painkillers Like Aspirin May Increase Impotence Risk

A new study indicated that regular use of pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may increase men's risk for erectile dysfunction.

The Study

Researchers looked at more than 80,000 men, ages 45 to 69, and found that the men in the study that used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) three times a day for more than three months have a twenty-two percent increased risk of erectile dysfunction.


Men who regularly used NSAIDs were about 2.4 times more likely to have erectile dysfunction than those who didn't use the medications on a regular basis or at all. "Regular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use is associated with erectile dysfunction beyond what would be expected due to age and other conditions," said Steve Jacobsen, director of research for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, USA Today reported. He added that further research is needed and it's premature for men to avoid NSAIDs based solely on these findings, which appear in this week's Journal of Urology.


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