A new LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor survey has found that 69% of men aged 25-75 have suffered from erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives, and 62% of those who have it blame the pandemic for their experience. Three out of five men who suffer from erectile dysfunction believe that Covid is the main cause.
Although a high percentage of men suffer from erectile dysfunction, more than 50% of survey respondents were unaware that one in five men were affected by the disorder. In addition, 32% of respondents were unaware of treatments available for erectile dysfunction and 18% had no idea erectile dysfunction was treatable.
The survey also found that 54% of men felt erectile dysfunction affected their sex life and intimacy and 35% felt it caused them to avoid new sexual partners. Three in 10 men also said erectile dysfunction had a negative impact on their mental health.
32% of respondents revealed that they felt embarrassed talking to a medical professional about erectile dysfunction and as a result, 42% never spoke to a doctor about their problem. In fact, 30% haven’t even spoken to their partners about the issue.
For those who aren’t confident enough to talk to a doctor about their symptoms in person, a online consultations can break down the barrier and make you feel less embarrassed to share your personal information.