Men suffering from erectile dysfunction should not let their shyness about the condition stop them from making a date for Valentine’s Day, and one former sufferer said help is available.
Chris Jones’ anxiety about the issue destroyed a relationship and prevented him from confidently dating new partners.
Since then, he has bravely joined the growing number of men now seeking the help they need to perform in the bedroom.
He told Daily Mail Australia his confidence is at an all-time high after being prescribed 20mg of tadalafil, or as he calls it: “my super blue tablet.”
“It’s like a superpower… Now I stay hard all the time,” Jones said.
Australian men are avoiding dates this Valentine’s Day rather than confront their erectile dysfunction problems, a problem that can be solved with conversation (file image)
Despite exercising five times a week and living a generally healthy lifestyle, Jones struggled to maintain his performance in bed.
For some patients, the problem may be physical (poor general health contributes to the problem), but for others it is entirely psychological.
“If you’ve had problems in the past, it gets in your head, you don’t want to disappoint yourself or your partner, so you avoid (sex),” he said.
‘Having that conversation is very difficult with someone you’ve just met, you’re dating and you want everything to go well.
“You don’t want arguments, you don’t want more stress in your life.”
Jones recalled going through numerous awkward scenarios in which a sexual partner had asked him if it was his fault and he had to explain why he didn’t want to have sex.
Things changed when he approached Mosh, a men’s health clinic, and found help for his affliction.
After a telehealth appointment with a primary care doctor, Mr. Jones was prescribed 20 mg of tadalafil, a popular drug for treating erectile dysfunction, in a discreet package sent by mail.
Chris Jones (pictured) is one of the men who sought help through Mosh and was prescribed a ‘super pill’ which has since changed his problems in bed.
The process “was really wonderful,” according to Mr. Jones, and he said it required “a lot of guesswork…taking the embarrassment out of the process.”
He said he now has “that confidence” to perform up to 36 hours after taking the pill.
Jones is just one of many men who are beginning to overcome the stigmas surrounding erectile dysfunction and ask for help.
Mosh saw a 37 percent increase in the number of men using the platform for support with sexual performance issues between November and December.
Jones said his problem was mainly mental and he needed a confidence boost after a series of disappointing performances in bed and now feels he has a “superpower” (file image)
One of the clinic’s medical advisors, Dr Christopher Love, told Daily Mail Australia that sexual performance problems are “more common than you think.”
“More than 90 percent of men with erectile dysfunction have this condition due to a physical problem or disorder such as an injury, illness, operation, or substance abuse, including vaping, nicotine, and alcohol,” said Dr. Love. .
“In most cases, the cause of erectile dysfunction can be easily identified and appropriate treatment can be recommended to help restore a satisfactory sex life.”
“The first point of contact for support in overcoming erectile dysfunction should be a GP, but many men feel uncomfortable talking to a GP face to face about this topic, which is where online platforms like Mosh have a role to play in providing support.
Jones urged Australian men facing erectile dysfunction to be brave and face the problem head on as the solution was just a conversation away.