Spain It has always been a country where appearance has played a fundamental role in society. Who do you go with, what do you do in your free time, what do you do… all aspects of Spanish life are on view as if it were a shop window.
This means that there is a certain tendency to sell an image of success, of a good life, of wanting to generate envy, and this practice does not always hide uncomfortable truths.
A recent study indicates that 20% of Spaniards may be suffering erectile dysfunction and many of them would not know it or what is worse, they keep it silent.
As we are saying, sexual issues are considered almost taboo in Spain, whether due to shame or ignorance, a vicious circle can be created that is difficult to break away from. According to ASESA, the Spanish Association of Andrology, Sexual and Reproductive Medicine, more than 20% of men between the ages of 25 and 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction undiagnosed or untreated. Of all those affected in the total Spanish male population, only 23% have been diagnosed and treated.
In addition, we must add a fact that can be worrying to say the least, and that is that more than 40% of the patients did not know that they presented a picture with different health problems that can condition, or directly provoke, the cause of the dysfunction (kidney problems, of circulation, tension, etc.) giving the case that 1 out of 3 was diagnosed with a hidden disease.
Among the autonomous communities most affected by erectile dysfunction we can find La Rioja that is at the head with 36% of those affected, followed closely by Catalonia with 33%, the Basque Country with 30% and the Balearic Islands with 26%.
In contrast, the autonomous community with the lowest rate of erectile dysfunction has in Spain It is Extremadura. However, we must take this data with tweezers, since although it is the community with the least affected, it also coincides with the fact that it is the community with a prevalence of consultations below the average.
Doctors are clear about it, raising awareness and breaking taboos to have maximum freedom to go to the doctor is essential. Only an alliance between patients and doctors can provide a definitive solution.
It is essential for the Spanish medical body to have a good record in which the cases of patients in Spain are faithfully reflected. The higher the credibility of the source and the data, the faster the curation process will speed up. We are no longer talking about a sexual health problem, but rather a global health problem. More than 65% of those affected by erectile dysfunction present one or more diseases that are added to it, something without a doubt alarming.
We are no longer talking about affecting the social and family spectrum of the patient (which in some cases can be reflected in a much lower performance in the workplace) but we are dealing with the issue that the erectile dysfunction it may not be simply the disease, but the symptom of something worse and more serious that can affect the patient’s life. A clear example is given in increase in coronary diseases and deaths due to cardiovascular problems.
The work of doctors in these cases in which it is possible to intuit, however minimal, certain shadows of erectile dysfunction, it must be to help the patient feel comfortable and open up to talk about the subject, so it should be the doctor who initiates the conversation as long as the patient has dared to take the step of going to the consultation medical.
Regarding treatment, it is essential that you go to the doctor (as we are saying throughout the article) as soon as possible since the sooner the problem is detected, the sooner a personalized and optimal treatment can be given to each patient, being the prescription of medications is the last step so that it does not negatively affect other aspects of the subject’s health.
It should be noted that only 23% of those affected attend the medical consultation with their wife, so we must say that the role played by the couple is essential as part of the healing process. Self-esteem and support are crucial to any type of treatment.
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Article validated by Juan Manuel Martinez Preciado, Surgeon with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Sexology, member of the international medical management group Boston Medical Group.
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Study on erectile dysfunction in Spain
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