Erectile Dysfunction. Fewer patients are asking for help on sexual health
Let’s talk about Italian men of the year 2020. They are complaining less about impotency and premature ejaculation and more about low sex drives and curvature of the penis, also known as Peyronie’s disease. These findings are the main results of a study, recently conducted by Paolo Capogrosso and his team and the Ospedale San Raffaele di Milano, and presented at the European Association of Urology congress.
The scientists studied a group of 3244 men who had visited the Sexual Health Clinic of San Raffaele in the last 10 years. They were classified based upon the reason for the visits in order to determine if there had been changes after the successful treatment of erectile dysfunction and the ever increasing availability of new therapies. In this way, they discovered that the number of patient visits for erectile dysfunction did in fact rise from 2009 to 2013 and then began to decline. It was seen that in 2009 there were relatively few patients who seeked help for a low sex drive or Peyronie’s disease.
These numbers, however, increased regularly until the end of the study. In 2019, men had, on average, a 30% higher probability to report Peyronie’s disease in respect to 2009, and a 32% higher probability to report a low sex drive. The average age of the first visit to the clinic fell from 61 to 53. Capograsso comments, “Erectile dysfunction is still the main reason that men ask to see an andrologist (men’s health doctor), but those numbers are falling. Instead, the number of men who suffer from Peyronie’s disease is always on the rise. And our patients are getting younger, which might point to generational changes in the way men are facing sexual problems.
We must be clear about the significance of these numbers, but they do not indicate any change in the frequency of the conditions. The numbers show only the reasons why men are coming to the clinic. In other words, they show what men are worried about. These changes also probably reflect the availability of treatments. In the past few years new therapies have become available for these sexual conditions and men are now less likely to suffer in silence.”HFTHQ 20-27