Franktalk.org is the patient support project of the Erectile Dysfunction Foundation, Inc (EDF). The EDF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is: “To educate men about erectile dysfunction and help them find treatment or cure through education, support, advocacy, and research.”
The marketing roar of advertising for men’s sexual health products and drugs has created an atmosphere of embarrassment and ridicule for men experiencing sexual problems. In most cultures, men are just not very comfortable talking to each other with any openness about their sexual difficulties. Partners of men with ED unknowingly complicate issues by questioning if they, the sex partner, are part of the problem. Even the medical profession is often ill-equipped to deal with sexual medicine. This can create a toxic atmosphere where, all too often, men simply forego seeking help for their problems.
Nearly one-third of all men have some sort of sexual function issue. There are very few places where men can reliable help in a safe, private, setting. FrankTalk.org provides a safe, male-only space where men can speak openly with other men who are experiencing the same issues. With knowledge gained from these shared experiences and honest information, men are able to take a more educated and active role in their reproductive health care decisions.
The EDF has partnered with top sexual medicine physicians from around the United States (and always looking for more!) These physicians make up the medical advisory board of the EDF to provide men with an education based on sound medical information.
FrankTalk.org began as the vision of its president, Paul Nelson, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 46. He found many education/support resources for prostate cancer, but after surgery, he found there were no resources with authentic information for sexual side effects which were not corporate or commercially based. “I just wanted a discussion board where I could go to ask questions of other guys who had been through the same experience,” says Paul. “I needed answers as much as the next guy!”
In 2008, he founded FrankTalk.org as the first non-commercial website for men with ED. The site quickly grew among the prostate cancer organizations, but at the urging of Dr. Natan Bar Chama at Mt. Sinai Hospital, the site expanded to include all men with any sexual issue.
Soon, a group of men from FrankTalk.org helped organize the Erectile Dysfunction Foundation as a non-profit organization in order to more clearly meet the enormous need which is to help millions of men with sexual function issues.
Franktalk.org is run solely by volunteers. If you would like to help us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EDF is supported primarily by user donations. We have some small corporate donations which help with day to day expenses. All donations support the website maintenance as well as outreach efforts to reach more men who need to find us. We maintain an active presence in the American Urological Association as well as the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society of Sexual Medicine.
Your tax deductible contribution will help us pay for the expenses of fulfilling the mission of the EDF.
Please donate Here.
Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Natan Bar-Chama
Mt. Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY
Dr. Edward Karpman
Men’s Health Center El Camino Hospital
Mountain View, CA
Dr. Jeremy D. Kaufman
Dr. Andrew L. Siegel
Bergen Urological Associates
Dr. Kambiz Tajkarimi
Frederick Urology Specialists
Dr. Michael A. Werner
MAZE Men’s Health