According to a new study in the July issue of The American Journal of Medicine, having intercourse MORE often may help to prevent erectile dysfunction. The report analyzed a five year study of 989 men ages 55-75 years old in Finland. Men who had intercourse less than once weekly had twice the rate of ED when compared to men who had intercourse once a week. And men who had fewer than 1 morning erection per week had a 2.5 fold increased liklihood that they would experience ED when compared to men that had 2-3 morning erections per week. Regular intercourse seemed to be a key to having morning erections as well.
I don't think the news is surprising. In fact, like any muscle in the body - if you don't use it - you'll lose it seems to apply to the male sexual organ. It is a catch-22 in some cases because if you develop ED - you or your wife may be unwilling to "try and have sex" for fear on your part of lack of performance, AGAIN, and for fear on her part that she is somehow responsible for your lack of erection (women do believe that they are not pretty, desireable, etc. even when the problem has nothing at all to do with them).
In this case though, intimacy, trying and being patient have alot to do with getting over the hump so to speak, at least some of the time. So heed the headline and make sure to not take sex for granted and to engage in a healthy sexual experience so that this enjoyable part of your life with your partner can be preserved.