SOURCE: Advanced Urological Care, PC

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April 13, 2010 13:21 ET

Urologist Dr. J. Francois Eid, MD Discusses Erectile Dysfunction: It's Not Just a Man's Problem

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) -  In the United States, approximately 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). With many effective treatments available, many men do not seek help, mainly due to embarrassment and primary physicians' lack of interest. Dr. J. Francois Eid, director of Advanced Urological Care, and Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Weill/Cornell Medical College in New York City, encourages patients to open up to their doctors about the issue, as well as to their partners as they can have a very difficult time understanding and dealing with this condition.

"ED is just as devastating to the partner as it is to the sufferer because of its impact psychologically and emotionally," explains Dr. Eid. "The issue can deeply affect your partner's self-confidence and most importantly, the quality of your relationship." And since ED has such a severe emotional impact on the sufferer, the typical response for the men is to pull away from the relationship because he feels like "less of a man." Men with ED "just do not feel like themselves." "I do not feel normal" is what a typical patient verbalizes most often. But ED is not just about sex! 

"The mentality is 'I don't want to start something that I can't finish,'" said Dr. Eid, "so he exhibits emotional distance, irritability, depression and anxiety, all of which gets absorbed by his partner." The wife eventually feels rejected and begins to think it's her fault, that she is not attractive enough or that her husband is straying.

Dr. Eid initially treats ED with changes in exercise and diet, and counsels patients to avoid tobacco and alcohol, before prescribing medications or more comprehensive treatments, such as pumps or Inflatable Penile Prosthesis (IPP). His practice, Advanced Urological Care, is dedicated to erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence treatment, with unsurpassed expertise on the treatment of advanced, severe ED and post prostate surgery incontinence. Eid believes in the effectiveness of IPPs, since he has performed more internal penile prosthesis surgeries than anyone in the world, over 300 per year. Eid also developed the "No-Touch" penile implant surgery, which boasts an infection rate of less than one percent.

Most importantly, ED could be a symptom of cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes. "There is no reason to live with ED, jeopardizing your health, self-esteem and relationship, because, with all of these innovations, there is definitely something out there that will work for all couples," said Eid. "My approach is to give my patients and their partners a great new sex life by helping these couples feel normal, reconnect and be intimate again."

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