ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION - MORE SERIOUS THAN WE THINK?

It wasn’t long ago that the topic of erectile dysfunction (ED) would ellicit spontaneous bouts of sniggering, dismissed as some strange sexual issue a select few had to contend with.  How wrong we were.
 

We now have a much clearer idea of how prevalent ED is, who’s affected by it and importantly, why it’s no laughing matter. Firstly, if you’ve got ED you are most definitely not alone. In fact, ED is far more common than many might think and affects men across a wide range of ages. One study showed one in four men presenting with newly diagnosed ED were aged under 401 while it’s estimated 40% of men between 40-70 years old have some degree of the condition also2. That’s definitely more than a ‘select few’. It also appears that the incidence of ED is set to increase. A 2000 study by the New England Research Institute indicated the prevalence of ED on a global scale will likely increase from 152 million men in 1995 to 322 million men in 20253. That’s 170 million more men.

 

But while you can take some comfort in knowing you’re not the only one affected, there can be a dark side to ED and it’s to do with why you might be experiencing the condition in the first place. ED can be the result of any number of underlying health conditions, some of which are can be pretty serious such as heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes. It's important these conditions are promptly identified and managed, in addition to your ED. That’s why GPs and pharmacists are so keen to talk to men experiencing ED, not just so they can help you manage it but also get to the bottom of what’s causing it.

 

ED is no joke. It’s a genuine health issue that needs genuine attention. So if you need help figuring out what’s going on and what your treatment options are, have a chat with your GP or prescribing pharmacist. To find out who you should see first, click the link here.

 

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1 Capogrosso P et al. J Sex Med 2013:10:183-1841

2 Quilter M et al. J sex Med 2017:7:928-936

3 JB McKinlay, International Journal of Impotence Research (2000). The worldwide prevalence and epidemiology of erectile dysfunction.