A recent Sexual Health Survey revealed that 57% of males are reluctant to discuss an erectile issue with their doctor. The survey, commissioned by Cipla SA, gauged responses from over 7 400 males. With November being renowned as “Movember”, men’s health is in the spotlight and it is important that more males educate themselves about various health problems men generally face.
Dr Dhiveja Smith, Medical Executive at Cipla SA, states that erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to get and maintain an erection during sexual intercourse and must not be ignored if it is a regular occurrence. “Even though 76% of the respondents know that erectile issues can be caused by other health conditions, males are still hesitant to seek medical help. The men who suffer from ED often feel self-conscious and might be too embarrassed to talk about it as the topic remains taboo in many cultures.”
Men are subsequently turning to online forums for advice and suggestions on how to treat it, but it is best to seek professional help to get to the root of the problem. In the Cipla ED survey, 73% of the respondents stated they are aware that medication can help with erectile dysfunction, which shows that the majority of men do know that they can manage their problem, but are reluctant to seek professional advice.
According to the survey, 84% of respondents struggle to develop or maintain an erection. “It is therefore vital that men who do experience ED regularly, visit a medical practitioner for an examination. There is no excuse to not to talk about their health problems, even if it is a sensitive topic. Males should be proactive and take advantage of the advancements in modern healthcare to live healthier, happier and longer lives,” says Dr Smith.
There are some preventative measures that men can implement in an effort to reduce their risk of having ED. She concludes that by partaking in regular exercise, avoiding smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in moderation all contribute to living an overall healthy lifestyle, which goes a long way in reducing a male’s risk of developing ED.
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