Did you know that erectile dysfunction (ED) will affect most men at some point in their lives? No matter who you are or where you come from, you’re not alone in experiencing problems in the bedroom.
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that doesn’t discriminate, affecting men everywhere, that’s why LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor has created an interactive map to show the extent of ED around the world. It allows you to explore the similarities and differences between how ED is perceived and treated in different countries. Take a look, and check out our summary of the main findings below.
A range of attitudes towards sex and sexual health
The map shows that historically, the western world has been the quickest to address sexual health problems. Treatments for ED have been available in the USA and UK since 1998; and in the UK, you’ll soon be able to obtain ED treatments over the counter with Viagra Connect. Although there’s some lingering reluctance to talk about sexuality and sexual health, topics like this do feature fairly frequently in public discourse, appearing regularly in the media and even in parliament.
This attitude differs from many eastern countries including China, where sex and sexual health continue to be taboo subjects. It wasn’t until 2000 that the first oral treatment for ED became available in China, and many men still rely upon acupuncture and more traditional herbal remedies that have been used for centuries.
In South Africa, a staggering 70% of men are affected by ED, and there’s a huge underground market of counterfeit ED drugs. This is compared to just 30% of men in America, where treatment is widely available. The lack of treatment is also an issue among populations such as the Aboriginals of Australia, who do not use western medicine and tend to remain untreated.
Leisurely lifestyles leading to problems
It’s important to note that poor lifestyle choices can increase the likelihood of developing a sexual health problem such as ED. Take Russia as an example. In Russia, men tend to drink more alcohol, are more likely to be smokers, and often report high levels of stress. Almost 50% of men in Russia have experienced ED.
A centuries-old problem
Did you know that there are references to ED dating back as far as the 7th century? Cultures around the world have been trying to treat the symptoms for just as long. Ancient Hindu remedies include recipes containing clarified butter, animal testes and herbs; ancient Arabs relied on oil of jasmine; while the ancient Egyptians believed that smearing their body parts with baby crocodile hearts was the way to go. Thankfully, medicine has moved on a bit since then. Nowadays in the UK, oral treatments are by far the most popular, and they prove to be very effective.
United in our points of view
Although men around the world receive a variety of different treatments for ED, they all share a similar experience of the condition. A study from 2005 found that men in six different countries described ED as a source of sadness in their lives, and almost all of the participants were against the idea that sex is only for the younger man. They agreed that the best source of advice regarding sexual issues was a doctor. Men from the UK and USA were the most motivated to find a solution for ED, reluctant to sit back and allow the condition to continue impacting their lives.
A very treatable problem
As the ED interactive map from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor shows, impotence has affected men from all over the world for centuries. But it doesn’t need to be a problem anymore. Thanks to advancements in modern medicine, there are plenty of treatments available.
If you’re having trouble getting and maintaining an erection, visit our Online ED clinic for a discreet and confidential consultation today. You can order medication and collect it the very same day, or choose to have it delivered the following day.
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