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Men urged not to ignore impotence problems

February 14 2017

February 14 is celebrated by most as Valentine’s Day but it's also National Impotence Day. Our health centres, run on behalf of the local NHS by Care UK, are encouraging men to take advantage of this day and go see their GP if they are experiencing problems.

One in ten men throughout the world is thought to suffer from erectile dysfunction, with twenty percent of relationship breakdowns also thought to be caused by this problem. Dr Marjorie Gillespie, Care UK’s Director of Primary Care, urged men not to suffer in silence and ignore symptoms of erectile dysfunction. She said:

“Erectile dysfunction is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 will have it to some degree. You should see your GP if you have erectile dysfunction for more than a few weeks. They will assess your general state of health because the condition can be the first sign of more serious health conditions, such as heart disease (when the heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted). Although you may be embarrassed, it's important to get a diagnosis so that the cause can be identified. Your GP can usually diagnose erectile dysfunction. This will involve answering questions about your symptoms, as well as a physical examination and some simple tests.

“During the past decade there have been an increasing amount of studies and surveys done on the causes, symptoms and treatments of erectile dysfunction. However to get answers for your own individual problems it is best to talk to your GP,” said Dr Gillespie.

Here are some statistics about the condition:

  • 1 in 10 men in the world are thought to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
  • It is estimated that half of all men who have diabetes suffer from erectile dysfunction.
  • If a man smokes more than 1 packet of cigarettes per day then they have a 50% higher chance of erectile problems than a man who is a non-smoker.
  • Men over the age of 75 have a 77.5% chance of suffering from erectile problems.
  • Men between the ages of 20 and 29 only have a 6.5% chance of having erectile problems.
  • It is thought that erectile dysfunctions cause the breakdown of 20% of all relationships.
  • A shocking estimate is that only 33% of men who have erectile dysfunctions seek help and advice about their problems.
  • If you have problems with your erections 20% or less of the time then it is unlikely that you will need treatment.
  • Over 20 million men all over the world have used or are currently using Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction.
  • In 66% of the times that Viagra is taken, men are able to have sexual intercourse.
  • 48% of men suffer one or more side effects when using Viagra.
  • Underlying health issues such as diabetes or heart disease account for 70% of all erectile dysfunction cases.
  • Psychological causes such as stress and anxiety are estimated to cause around 10 % to 20% of all erectile dysfunction cases.
  • It is estimated that in 80% of all cases the causes of erectile problems are down to physical reasons.