Why men need to tackle their sexual health head on
If there’s one thing men aren’t good at, it’s going to the doctor.
It’s well-known they are much more reluctant when it comes to seeking medical advice compared to women (no, checking on Google doesn’t count) meaning they often leave symptoms untreated, storing up problems for later down the line.
This reluctance to see a GP or specialist is compounded when the issue is ‘down there’. Men often baulk at the idea of getting their bits out in front of a doctor, cringe at the thought of explaining an intimate problem, and are opposed to booking an appointment unless strictly necessary.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to all men. But the data suggests they are much more likely to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to this stuff.
And that’s why thousands of men across the UK are suffering from a debilitating condition you’ve probably never heard of.
Peyronie’s Disease is a condition that is caused by scar tissue, called plaque, forming inside the penis and causing it to bend when erect. Whilst this might sound pretty humorous, in reality it’s a serious condition which can make sex extremely painful or even impossible. Doctors aren’t completely sure what causes it, meaning all men are potentially at risk of developing the condition one day.
Peyronie’s Disease affects a staggering 5-7% of men worldwide. That’s a huge number and means that, odds are, at least one man you know is suffering with this disease in silence. Peyronie’s is not just an embarrassing condition that can be hidden under a pair of jeans.
Sex is a fundamental part of relationships, but for men living with Peyronie’s, sex is often just too painful. Even if intercourse is possible, men are often ashamed of the ‘abnormal’ appearance of their penis, meaning they shy away from intimacy altogether.
In a study of men with Peyronie's disease, 77 percent said that they were affected psychologically and one in four had relationship problems as a result.
The frustrating thing is, there are options for people who are diagnosed with the condition. In fact, there’s a range of treatments available.
But if men don’t seek medical help, they stand no chance of getting it sorted. Additionally, they also run the risk of developing mental health problems the longer they go on suffering in silence.
What can we do to fix this problem?
The more comfortable people feel talking about sex openly and without stigma, the more likely we are to take better care of our sexual health.
Women should encourage their partners to confront any concerns they have, blokes should refrain from making fun of mates who try to discuss sexual dysfunction, and men should take control of the situation before it’s too late.
So, what are YOU waiting for?
Book an appointment today with your GP (or encourage the man in your life to do so) and stop pressing snooze on your sexual health.
To find out more about the condition and all available treatment options, please visit the new website www.thisispeyronies.co.uk