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Not enough men talk about ED to their doctors

A survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs shows that discomfort with talking about erectile dysfunction has ranked as the number one barrier stopping men from consulting their doctors about the condition about, according to Eli Lilly & Co

A survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs shows that discomfort with talking about erectile dysfunction (ED) has ranked as the number one barrier stopping men from consulting their doctors about the condition about, according to Eli Lilly & Co.

Despite problems with patient/doctor communication, 64 per cent of the 300 men polled across the US said that they wished they had more information and knew more about ED and the kind of treatments available to them.

Results from the Ipsos survey show that 88 per cent of the respondents know that ED is a treatable condition. Lilly hopes the survey will help further understanding into men's beliefs about ED and ED treatment options.

"Unfortunately, men tend not to talk about ED with their partner, their doctor or their friends," said Dr Michael Perelman, co-director of the Human Sexuality Programme at the Payne Whitney Clinic at NY Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. "I would encourage any man who thinks he might have ED to talk with a healthcare professional to learn about available treatment options."

ED can be a sign of more complex and serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Hypertension, cardiovascular disease and depression can also be factors that cause ED. According to Lilly, it is estimated that more than 30 million males in the US are affected by ED but only a small fraction of that group seek professional advice from their healthcare provider.

"Sexual health is considered by many doctors as the window into a man's overall health," said Dr Ridwan Shabsigh, director of the division of urology at Maimonides Medical Centre in Brooklyn, New York, and professor of clinical urology at Columbia University. "It's important for men with ED to talk with their healthcare professional."

17th July 2008

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