Doctor’s should be asking whether we have any sexual health concerns during routine consultations, claimed Sexual health specialist Geoff Hackett at the British Society for Sexual Medicine briefing in London .
Kevan Wylie from BSSM also agreed and said: “The importance of sex life and sexual function to general health and well-being is not often discussed or acknowledged in our society.”
Sexual problems can be hard to discuss for both patients and doctors but the reluctance to talk can not only prevent patients from overcoming such problems, but may also stand in the way of treating much deeper mental or health issues.
Erectile dysfunction is often an early warning sign of heart failure, Dr Hackett warned, and by avoiding discussion about it men could be putting their wider health at risk. Erectile dysfunction affects half of men over 40, but research shows that relatively few are willing to discuss their problem and some resort to buying Viagra which is a short term fix.