Men used to wonder if they'd still be able to have sex in their 60s and 70s. Today, the real question is, can they afford it? No, I'm not talking about prostitutes (and if that's the first thought that came to your dirty mind, then shame on you). I'm talking about the high cost of those dangerous meds that are supposed to help your sex life.
A recent item in the New York Times caught my eye, and not just because it contained the word "penis" more times than any news article since the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The article calculated the cost of sex for a man who used drugs like Viagra and Cialis.
If you want to use your bed for something other than sleeping -- even just twice a week -- then you'll need to shell out $1,500 per year.
That's a lot of money for something that's best when it's free. It's like a tax on sex, except all the money is going to Big Pharma shysters instead of Washington crooks.
And when you buy those meds, you're not just buying a chance for some romance. You're also buying a chance for some side effects that could change or even end your lovin' ways for good. Viagra alone has been linked to heart attack, stroke, blindness, hazy vision and infertility.
These meds have even been known to cause painful prolonged erections that won't go away without the help of a surgeon's blade. Yikes! I've been assured that it's even more painful than it sounds.
Erectile dysfunction isn't a condition, despite what those commercials want you to believe. It's a symptom, and for once even those liberals in New York got it right. The Times points out, rightly, that the real problem is usually something else entirely, and almost always related to your lifestyle.
Obesity, stress, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease have all been known to lead to problems in the sack, and the best way to get all your parts working right again is to get yourself healthy.
And that doesn't cost a dime, even in New York. Remember, the best things in life are free.