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Here we can see how erectile dysfunction effects the UK as whole. London being the countries capital is not surprisingly one of the highest populations at risk of ED. In the North of England, there is a clear cluster of cities, with Manchester most at risk.
When you bear in mind “there are over 4 million men in the UK suffering from ED” it is hardly surprising to see such a wide spread.
Lifestyle factors such as how happy you feel or financial stress, could play a big part in the diagnosis of ED. Alcohol, smoking and a high BMI have all been known to be factors in causing erectile dysfunction. Other factors such as age, the medication you are on or recent injuries could also cause impotence. Also worrying about ED can actually cause the issue to continue.
Some Of The Myths Surrounding Erectile Dysfunction
ED Only Effects People Over 60 – While age can play a factor, with over 4 million men suffering, it is important to note that men of all ages can still be affected.
ED Is A Reflection Of Sex Drive Or Manhood – Unfortunately, there is a false stigma surrounding ED, that it is a reflection of masculinity. This is a common misconception and is often not related to sex drive at all but other medical conditions.
ED Is Not Related To Other Health Conditions – Wrong! There are a whole range of reasons why someone may be at risk of ED. These range from physical health conditions, to some of the physiological health conditions listed above.
Can Medication Help?
There are a range of oral drugs which can help with erectile dysfunction. These include Viagra, Cialis, Sildenafil and Vardenafil. Speak to your GP or one of our consultants to discuss your options.
What Should You Do If You Are Worried?
The first thing to do is get help! Speak to your partner or doctor. Changing lifestyle habits such as cutting down on smoking or drinking could help, or if you under pressure from stress or anxiety counselling could help. If you are uncomfortable with speaking to your partner why not speak to one of our consultants now.
Does admitting you have a problem make you less ‘manly’?
Men have always been reluctant to talk about their health and would rather brush the problem under the carpet and continue on with the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality. But you have to ask yourself how long can someone really do this and how healthy is it for your mental health, never mind your physical well-being?
Erectile dysfunction affects more people than you may think. It is now estimated that 20% of men will suffer form this condition at some point in their life. So why should you be embarrassed to talk about it? Is it not more important to find the underlying cause as quickly as possible? The sooner we start talking, the quicker we can diagnose the cause and the more effective treatments will be.
The most significant message to hammer home is ‘you are not alone’. There is nothing you could possibly say to a doctor or pharmacist that we have not heard before. As healthcare professionals we are trained to never judge an individual and to treat all information disclosed to us in the strictest of confidence.
More and more men are talking about their health and are not afraid of the shrug off the stigma which many believe is associated with them speaking up. Telling your GP you are struggling to maintain or achieve an erection does not make you any less masculine. In fact, you may have just saved yourself from more serious health concerns later in life e.g. undiagnosed diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, clogged blood vessels, etc.
With mental health being such a focus at present, men are being actively encouraged to talk more. Having a health body and a healthy sex life means you will be in a better state of mind to take on the challenges of everyday life. PrivateDoc provides a safe environment which is completely confidential for you get support from a GP. If you feel too embarrassed to speak to your own GP or to someone face to face, then why not speak to us through our online service or over the phone.
With so many treatment options now available there is no reason why you cannot find something that works for you quickly. Drugs are now available which work within 15 minutes and as a plus point since the patent on Viagra expired, these treatments have become more affordable than ever before for the vast majority of patients out there.
As I said more men are willing to talk now compared to years ago, but you only have to turn on the TV to realise that there are still many who feel they can’t. Initiating the conversation is the hardest step, however one you have done that it does get easier.
As always, PrivateDoc is a good source of information for Erectile dysfunction and all of the treatment options available. If you have any questions at all, why not take that first step and speak to us, we are always happy to help.
Adeel Arshad (Pharmacist Independent Prescriber)
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