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Chronically Ill Men Less Likely to Seek Help for ED

Chronically Ill Men Less Likely to Seek Help for EDMany men with chronic illnesses like cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) wouldn’t ask their doctor about erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment if they needed it, a new study finds.

The results are based on a survey of 500 men in Slovenia who were seeing their family doctors. The researchers divided the men into three groups based on their health. One group was relatively healthy, seeing their doctor for a wellness visit or a short-term issue. The second group had some ongoing illnesses, but no serious complications. The third group had chronic illnesses.

The men were asked whether sex was important to them and if they would ever seek ED treatment if necessary.

The chronically ill men were less likely to consider sex as important and less willing to ask for help with ED than the healthier men.

The study authors called for “better patient education and reassurance” for men with ED.

A lot of men don’t like to discuss their sexual function with their doctors, but ED is actually quite common. There are also several effective treatments available, including pills, injections, vacuum devices, transurethral agents, and penile implants. (See more details about the causes and treatment options for men with ED here.)

Remember, your sexual heath plays a big role in your overall health, so don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about any aspects of sexuality.

Resources

International Journal of Impotence Research

Bratus, Dejan and Tina Bratus

“Men with serious chronic illnesses and malignancies are less likely to seek treatment for erectile dysfunction”

(Abstract. Published: April 11, 2019)

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41443-019-0139-6

Reuters Health

Crist, Carolyn

“Men with serious illness may not seek erectile dysfunction treatment”

(May 2, 2019)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-men-erectile-dysfunction/men-with-serious-illness-may-not-seek-erectile-dysfunction-treatment-idUSKCN1S825L