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Embarrassed Man Finds Impotence Isn't Rare

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Dear Abby: This is in response to "Hot in Hot Springs, Ark.," who got angry when her adult stepson asked her to turn off a television program dealing with sexual dysfunction. I suspect he may have that problem and she failed to realize what a sensitive issue this is with most men.

I'm only 35, and it happened to me. At first I was too embarrassed to get professional help, but when I finally did, I left the urologist's office feeling much relieved, and now I'm functioning very well.

Abby, I learned that there are more than 10 million men in the United States who suffer from impotence or some other type of sexual dysfunction. I also learned that smoking can compound sexual problems. Men who want to continue to be sexually active in their later years should quit smoking, keep their weight down and exercise regularly.

Please urge "Hot in Hot Springs" to ask her husband to encourage his son to see a urologist immediately for evaluation and possibly treatment. BEEN THERE, DOING THAT AGAIN (HAPPILY)

Thanks for writing. Your letter will be appreciated by many men - and women, too.

Since 1983, Impotents Anonymous (IA), a non-profit, self-help program of impotent men (fashioned after AA), and I-Anon (which is similar to Al-Anon) for their partners, has provided newsletters, brochures and support groups. To contact them, send a long (business-size), self-addressed, stamped (32 cents) envelope, plus $1 to cover printing costs, to: Impotence World Service, 119 S. Ruth St., Maryville, Tenn. 37803.

***** Dear Abby: The holidays are here, which poses a big problem.

What do you do when very close relatives invite you to a meal at their home, and your husband refuses to go? Here is the reason: My sister and brother-in-law let their dog eat off the same plates that the guests have been served on. …