One in two men over fifty has erectile dysfunction, with many dealing suddenly with the problem following prostate cancer treatment. This means growing numbers of couples are coping with stressful emotions triggered by a man’s faltering sexual prowess. Bettina Arndt has conducted research centered on older men and erections, with couples keeping diaries to show what happens when a man starts having trouble with erections. The diarists recorded the interaction between the couples when men use the new drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Caverject. These can be miraculous treatments yet there’s a mystery – almost a half of all men who start taking these drugs give up on them. How much of the problem is women’s indifference to the rejuvenated penis? Bettina’s earlier research showed many men flying high on their new lease of sexual life are brought swiftly to earth by sexually disinterested partners. There are many women who are delighted that their men are being forced to hang up their spurs – women who are not at all happy about this miraculous rejuvenated penis. Her latest book, What Men Want, includes many stories from the coalface of the brave new world of ED, based on couples’ his-and-her accounts of this bumpy journey.
Here’s a selection of material to help couples dealing with these issues.
- Here’s Bettina talking on Robin William’s Ockham’s Razor program on Radio National about men, erections, and the companies that prey on vulnerable men.
- A talk-back radio program on sex after prostate cancer
- Opinion column on why prostate cancer is treated so differently from breast cancer
- Bettina talks to the National Press Club about sex after prostate cancer.
Bettina’s book, What Men Want, includes five chapters on erectile dysfunction – with detailed information on all the new treatments, the impact of prostate cancer treatments on sexual functioning, penile rehabilitation, and fascinating diaries recording men and women’s feelings and reactions. To receive the first chapter ‘My Nookie Days’ from this vital section of the book please click the subscribe button below.