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So-called harmless jokes may prevent men from getting erectile dysfunction help UK News

Millions of men with erectile dysfunction do not seek medical advice (Picture: Adobe)

Most men are susceptible to erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point in their lives, but almost all men who participated in Well Pharmacy research

(91 percent), said they felt a sense of shame about the condition, with 62 percent saying the pleasant narrative of “carrying on” adds to the silence.

In fact, only nine percent of men surveyed had told a loved one or health specialist about the disease.

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Any man of any age can suffer from erectile dysfunction (Photo: Adobe)

One man who has experienced this is Antony Cunningham-Smith, 52, from Bournemouth.

Antony was a nurse for 23 years and chose to quit the job he loved following a diagnosis of epilepsy. He was shocked when the drugs he was given prevented him from

to have an erection. A married man with one child, he felt stigmatized and found it hard to tell anyone.

“The biggest issue around this condition is the silence surrounding it. I felt ‘lesser’ and despite working as a nurse for over two decades, I didn’t want to talk about it. It started

Erectile dysfunction a big problem (photo: adobe)

form a silence in my marriage and had a huge impact on my self-esteem.

“Eventually I told my pharmacist about it as part of a medication review. They were so helpful and really put me at ease. Any guy in trouble, you have to embarrass I know it’s hard to talk about this, but so is erectile dysfunction.

He continued: “I have great friends, but it’s not something you can mention in the pub. I didn’t want to be the brunt of the joke – but talking to a pharmacist in a private room really

helped me. I have since found a treatment that works and life is good again.

To support the many people with this condition, an Erectile Dysfunction Advice Guide has been produced by Well to help people understand the causes, symptoms and treatment options, as well as to offer general advice and support. to deal with erectile dysfunction.

People can also speak to a member of the Well Pharmacy team in store, in a private consultation area.

Well Pharmacy Assistant Superintendent of Pharmacy, Gillian Stone, said: ‘Antony is not the only one with concerns about erectile dysfunction, and I’m glad he was able to get the proper support and treatment. Experiencing erectile dysfunction can feel very isolating and we understand that it can seem like a difficult issue to address.

“Here at Well, we work to reassure people with this condition that there are treatment options and the importance of talking to your pharmacist or

“We want people to ask for help and make sure they feel comfortable doing so. We have produced a new downloadable guide explaining erectile dysfunction, which offers general tips and advice, but we have primarily created this guide to reassure people that they are not alone.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-12 16:45:45

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