23 August 2012

Sexual life of those "who are over..."

Sex according to the "script"?

Alexandra Zinovieva, Moskovsky Komsomolets, 24.08.2012

– Violation of sexual function in men (erectile dysfunction, ED) is primarily a systemic problem of the whole body, – says the chief urologist of the Moscow Department of Health, Professor, member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences Armais KAMALOV. – Even 20 years ago, experts were sure that ED is nothing but a psychogenic disease, and therefore requires treatment from psychotherapists.

But today it is known for certain: 70% of this pathology is the result of vascular disorders that require a comprehensive approach to the treatment of such patients.

Indeed, men's health is one of the most urgent problems of our time. And not only in Russia. But why is the stronger sex weakening so rapidly? In intimate matters, many "go off the stage" by the age of 40.

And 37% of Russians do not want to have sex at all (the three reasons for the lack of attraction to women are stress, routine in relationships and condoms). Although, for example, half of Japanese over 80 are "interested in continuing an active sexual life" and are happy to lead it.

What are the causes of the terrible disease called "erectile dysfunction" in Russians? Why should you not trust dietary supplements if you have already been overtaken by this trouble? Are there modern ways to get rid of the ED problem of the century? And what role could men's consultations play if they were opened everywhere at the place of residence, following the example of women's consultations? The questions are not idle. If erectile dysfunction is not treated, you can easily bring yourself to cancer.

The disappointing conclusions and forecasts in this regard are also confirmed by sociological studies conducted recently by one of the pharmaceutical companies. In particular, they showed that the age of a man correlates strongly enough with how he treats the problem of ED and what treatment methods he prefers. "The older a man gets, the more seriously and responsibly he approaches the choice of a treatment scenario, resorting to medications," explains Professor Kamalov.

But, alas, it may be too late. Men, especially Russian men, are lazy by nature. And with age, they often choose the scenario of solving health problems, including erectile dysfunction, which requires minimal effort and time. Knowing such a weakness of the stronger sex, many "craftsmen" offer to improve men's health in quick ways. For example, with the help of dietary supplements and other "magic" means. And the most interesting thing is that many impotent people fall for it. Although Russian urologists warn with one voice and do not confirm the effectiveness of dietary supplements: most dietary supplements do not have a real evidence base and research on their therapeutic properties regarding erectile dysfunction. "Dietary supplements, for all their usefulness, do not have such effectiveness when compared with original molecules, with individual drugs of a medicinal nature," says Professor Kamalov. – Supplements do not treat organic disorders, but act only symptomatically (they can only reduce the symptoms of the disease – relieve pain, unpleasant sensations for a while, for example)."

But men's consultations could play a significant role in solving men's problems if they were open at the place of residence and accessible by the example of women's consultations. But such institutions, even in Moscow, are still not to be found during the day with fire. True, at least men's health offices have been created in the capital at district polyclinics, but few people know about them yet. And no one is preparing narrow specialists in this regard yet.

Erectile dysfunction is considered almost the main indicator of men's health. But in Russia, up to 80% of the stronger sex with impaired sexual function do not receive treatment. 24% of men dream of having sex every day, but only 1% of respondents are capable of it. Moreover, most patients are still embarrassed to talk about their problems to doctors. And many do not turn to doctors at all, considering this problem shameful. Although there are medications for impotence, and it needs to be treated without delay. Then it may require the intervention of a surgeon and even an oncologist.

Wise researchers have also studied women for sexual opportunities and preferences. Scientists from the Institute for the Study of Aging at the University of California, for example, monitored 1,235 women aged 60 to 89 years. The volunteer ladies were divided into three age groups: 60-69 years old, 70-79 and 80-89 years old. Overage women were interviewed not only about their attitude to the years they have lived, physical and mental health, but also about sexual activity and the ability to have full–fledged sex (sexual desire, arousal, etc.). Scientists were also interested in the degree of sexual satisfaction of pensioners in general. And we came to the generally expected conclusion: as we age, not only the physical and mental health of the project participants deteriorates, but also their ability to have full sexual intercourse. Their sexual activity is also decreasing. In the "young" age group (from 60 to 69 years), 70% of women with a permanent sexual partner have had sex at least once in the last 6 months; in the group from 70 to 79 years, 57% turned out to be such; even in the "oldest" group (from 80 to 89 years) – 31%. Women who were not in a close relationship with someone had sex less often.

But the feeling of sexual satisfaction was much less dependent on age. In all three age groups, the results were approximately the same: at the age of 60 to 69 years, 67% of women were sexually satisfied – from "average" to "absolutely satisfied"; at the age of 70 to 79 years – 60% and 61% – at the age of 80 to 89 years. As we can see, the conclusion is more comforting than in the situation with men. Women are more often satisfied with their sex life, regardless of age and ability to have full sexual intercourse. Although 41% of men and only 17% of women consider themselves sexually more active in the age group over 75 years on average.

So a man's full-fledged sexual life depends very much on their willingness to pay attention to their state of health in time and try to prevent the occurrence of erectile dysfunction as early as possible. And the choice of an effective method of treatment depends not only on the individual preferences and needs of a man, but also on the timely recommendations of a doctor. "It is extremely important to do everything so that men's health becomes prestigious, like a good car or an expensive watch," the chief urologist of Moscow, Professor Armais Kamalov, does not tire of repeating.

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