An astounding 87.1% of men with erectile dysfunction said that ED had “Some Impact” or a “Major Impact” on their self-esteem, and 88.0% said that ED had “Some Impact” or a “Major Impact” on their relationship with their spouse or partner.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) March 30, 2018
The ED Treatment Information Center has released the results of a comprehensive survey on the impact of erectile dysfunction on men. The survey includes responses from 597 men with erectile dysfunction.
Approximately 30 million men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction, but it is often not recognized as a serious medical condition. There are no efforts to raise ED awareness, no drives to find a cure, no ribbons or lapel pins to indicate support. In fact, when ED is mentioned at all, it is often treated as a joke.
However, this study shows that – for men suffering from ED – it is very serious.
The survey responses show that ED has a profound negative impact on men’s lives and relationships, including their confidence, self-esteem, and general happiness.
An astounding 87.1% of men said that ED had “Some Impact” or a “Major Impact” on their self-esteem, and 88.0% said that ED had “Some Impact” or a “Major Impact” on their relationship with their spouse or partner.
Here are a few comments taken from the survey:
"It has cost me my self-respect, in doing that it has caused me to lose the feelings of closeness and desire for my lady. My feeling of being inadequate has severely damaged my relationship."
"I feel inadequate and demoralized. I can’t share my ultimate feeling of physical love for her. My desire is always there, but I can’t realize it."
"Don't feel like I'm a good husband because I can't have a relationship with my wife."
"We, I in particular, feel a lot of distance growing in our relationship. It appears to be crumbling and a lot of distrust is manifesting. Infidelity seems to be a big issue since I can't perform. I feel fairly certain our life together is over."
"Don't feel that closeness, drifting apart. Feel like I will be left alone."
The survey also shows that, because of feelings of embarrassment and shame, men are often uncomfortable talking about their condition. 40.2% are not comfortable talking to a doctor, and 48.2% are not comfortable talking to their spouse or partner. This prevents men from getting the support and help they need, and contributes to feelings of isolation and depression.
Men also reported dissatisfaction with their doctors (70.8%) and counselors (78.8%), and with every treatment method tried.
Although oral medications (including Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra) are often presented as an instant remedy for ED, only 36.3% of the men surveyed were “Somewhat Satisfied” or “Very Satisfied” with oral medications. There were even lower rates of satisfaction for counseling, lifestyle changes (diet and exercise), natural supplements, vacuum pumps, and penile injections. In short, there is currently no ED treatment that is effective for the majority of men.
The survey clearly shows that the real needs of men suffering from ED are not being met, sometimes due to their own reticence to seek help.
There is an urgent need for:
- Outreach and education for men suffering from ED
- Greater availability of counseling and support
- More effective treatment options
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