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More men being treated for impotence

The Local · 4 Nov 2010, 14:14

Published: 04 Nov 2010 14:14 GMT+01:00

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According to an evaluation by health insurer KKA-Allianz, the number of men claiming medical benefits for treatment of erectile dysfunction rose by 13 percent between 2006 and 2009.

KKA-Allianz, which insures nearly 2 million people, reported that nearly 19,000 of its male members sought treatment for impotence in the past year.

For nearly nine out of 10 men, the experience of erectile dysfunction was caused by psychological factors, though smoking and excessive alcohol consumption also played a role, the health insurer said in its report.

Female sexual dysfunction, by contrast, is declining. The number of women suffering lack of sexual desire, sexual nervousness, or pain during intercourse fell by 15 percent between 2006 and 2009.

In total, nearly 29,000 men and women insured by KKH-Allianz were treated for some kind of sexual dysfunction in the past year. One in four of those people were women.

What is not known is how many men suffering impotence don’t show up in the figures because they avoid the doctor out of embarrassment.

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Treatments for impotence include vacuum pumps and psychotherapy as well as pharmaceuticals.

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15:29 November 4, 2010 by auslanderus
Men need those blue pills when they go to Thailand for those 15 year olds.
15:40 November 4, 2010 by moistvelvet
I don't get it, that's like saying a fat chick needs to drink an appertif before going to McDonalds
15:50 November 4, 2010 by catjones
'erectile dysfunction rose'......isn't that a contradiction?
16:50 November 4, 2010 by adipk
o boy precious treasure. I think P%$n movies and other social magazine has created this fear. But what can we say
18:17 November 4, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
---men being treated for impotence ARE on the rise--
00:51 November 5, 2010 by Gretl
I keep telling my husband they need to tell men that cholesterol medicine is happy p3nis medicine...
08:28 November 5, 2010 by delvek
Impotence is on the rise (haha) because men are not allowed to be men anymore. Society has corrupted the role of men in society, only logically, his manhood should fail as well.

To use a not so old but definately obsolete expression ... grow some ... and it will work again. Or join the masses of pill popping adults who find a chemical fix for anything.
11:58 November 5, 2010 by storymann
Another example of societies growing dependence on pharmaceuticals .These companies have convinced people that you can have better living through chemistry. $$$$$.
20:54 November 5, 2010 by brnskin2010
I'm disappointed to read that men are having ED problems.......having sex regularly is such a healthy thing......It takes care of a lot of ailments for me....e.g headaches, cramps, worry, etc. etc.......WHAT'S THE REAL REASON WHY GERMAN MEN ARE HAVING THIS PROBLEM......this inquiring woman wants to know.......
23:05 November 5, 2010 by theroyprocess
The movie 'Batman' suggested that it's 'a combination' of toxic environmental pollution that causes sterility and death. It is true that mankind is going sterile. Everyone has permanent DNA damage from 65 years of radioactive fallout. Now we also see worldwide epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cancers, birth defects and most diseases rates increased from 1945 on!
11:34 November 6, 2010 by Deutschguy
@storeyman: So what do you suggest a doctor do when a guy comes in with erectile dysfunction? You only offer criticism, but no solution.

@delvek: "because men are not allowed to be men anymore." What exactly do you mean by this? I can kind of guess what you mean, but you seem to be referring to specific things.
00:58 November 7, 2010 by Gretl
ED is due to clogging of the pipes with cholesterol. It is a hydraulic system. You smoke, you have more cholesterol in your circulatory system. You eat like cr@p, you get heart disease, which should be renamed fat artery disease. You want to keep it up, keep your pipes clean, take your cholesterol meds if you need them.
13:10 November 7, 2010 by storymann
@ Deutschguy,,What to hell does dependence on pharmaceuticals have to do with what a doctor would give for advice???who knows maybe he would tell you to give up the drugs and booze.
13:31 November 7, 2010 by tallady
Deutschguy why don't you share some of your vast knowledge with us instead of busting other peoples B..Ls. Most good Doctors treat the source of the problem not the symptoms,giving out quantities of pharmaceuticals does nothing but increase the patients dependency on medication with out addressing the reasons for erectile dysfunction which ,according to the AMA is best treated by a through Psycho-therapy.
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