3 million Italians suffer from impotence and say nothing
It is another of the taboos that too many men remain silent about. We are talking about erectile dysfunction, a secret that for many men is still unmentionable, due to ignorance, shame, or the fear of being judged. The official numbers were revealed by the Italian Society of Urology (SIU) during the 93rd National Congress, held in Rome in 2020. It was announced that with already 3 million men whose erectile dysfunction has been “certified,” that there exist at least the same number of hidden cases, which are difficult to uncover.
Such a number reveals the unpreparedness of our compatriots in the realm of sexual disorders. For example, one in two Italians is convinced that this problem affects almost exclusively men in the second half of life. The reality is quite different. It is true that the risk of erectile dysfunction increases as we age, but it is equally true that the disorder can affect men of any age. “The 2020 sexual health guidelines of the European Association of Urology (EAU) have confirmed a high prevalence and significant incidence of erectile dysfunction all over the world, with an average occurrence of 52% in men between the ages of 40 and 70”, explains Walter Artibani, the general secretary of the Siu.
“But the disorder can affect men of any age and ethnicity. It is surprising that such a large part of the population still does not know what erectile dysfunction is. It is now considered to be a common disease in men, and there are many reasons why one should deepen their understanding of it. According to our data, 32.5% of men say they are dissatisfied with their sex life. Another 28.5% report trouble in having an erection at least once a week, and a surprising 38% say they have had such problems for a longer period, from 6 months to 2 years”.HFTHQ 20-53