As we recently concluded the ‘month of Romance,’ many a budding Romeo may have discovered that their sexual prowess was not up to their usual standards. This can be due to erectile dysfunction (ED) – the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
If you suffer from ED, take heart – you are certainly not alone!
International statistics illustrate that 40% of men under the age of 40 suffer from ED (Source: Cleveland Clinic), and 50% of all diabetic men will experience ED at some point in their lifetime (Source: NICB).
In South Africa specifically, statistics are vague but healthcare professionals, especially those dealing with health issues such as diabetes and those brought on by stress, are aware of the prevalence of ED in our society.
There is prescribed medication available that can help. ED can be successfully treated by the use of Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors. These are clinically approved to be effective prescribed medications. They work by relaxing the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more easily to the penis, resulting in a sustained erection.
It’s Time To Talk About It
ED is common and treatable, so why do so many men not want to talk about it?
Some men may not want to talk about erectile dysfunction (ED) due to stigma and fear of judgment. They may feel embarrassed or ashamed to discuss the topic, worry that others will judge them or perceive them as less masculine, or fear that their partners or friends will judge them negatively.
Additionally, some men may not fully understand what ED is or how it can be treated, view ED as a personal issue that should not be discussed publicly depending on cultural or generational attitudes, or find it challenging to initiate conversations about personal issues, including ED.
It’s important to note that talking about ED can be beneficial. It can lead to improved understanding, treatment, and ultimately a better quality of life. If you are experiencing ED, it may be helpful to speak with a healthcare professional, who can provide guidance and support.
Ditch the shame, get help and get back into bed!
Discreet, Affordable & Convenient
Introducing Contro, a telehealth platform specializing in sexual healthcare in South Africa, with a range of benefits for patients experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Discreet: Many men are hesitant to discuss ED because they feel embarrassed or self-conscious. With Contro, patients can receive treatment and advice from the comfort and privacy of their own homes, without the need for face-to-face consultations. This level of discretion can help patients feel more comfortable and confident in seeking treatment for ED.
- Affordable: Traditional treatment options for ED, such as in-person consultations and prescription medication, can be costly. Contro offers affordable treatment options, from R150 p/m with medical aid or R270 p/m without.
- Convenient: In-person consultations for ED can be time-consuming and may require patients to take time off work or make travel arrangements. With Contro, patients can schedule consultations at a time that suits them, without needing to leave their homes. The platform also offers free home delivery of medication, making treatment even more convenient.
- Expert advice: Contro’s healthcare professionals are experts in sexual healthcare and can provide personalized advice and treatment plans for ED patients.
“Contro removes all of the barriers usually experienced by men with ED by utilising the power of technology through our online platform, creating more accessible access to licensed healthcare professionals and treatment options with our discreet virtual consultations.” – Alex Schmid, Contro Founder & CEO.
Visit www.contro.co.za for more information and access to ED treatment.