UNDATED (KTHV) -- They're some of the most widely over-the counter drugs, non-steroidal anti-imflammatories, but taking them could lead to a serious problem for men.
Common pain meds aspirin, generic ibuprofen, Advil and Motrin. And a recent study showed men who used these pills, 5 times a week or more, were more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
So far, there's no casual link, just an association. Dr. Amy Arisco, a urologist at the U.T. Health Science Center says "The study showed that men who were using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medicines, these over-the-counter pain medications, were some 20 odd percent more likely to have some measure of erectile dysfunction."
One explanation may be that the conditions leading to the need for pain relief may be the causes of the erectile dysfunction. Dr. Arisco continues, "Some conditoin that causes the men to have a higher likelihood of having erectile problems also makes them have a higher likelihood of having aches and pains."
While the results of this study raises more questions than answers, we may see more studies on the link.
Dr. Arisco, advises men to concentrate on other risk factors for E.D. they can control, like high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking.