3 in 4 Malaysian men admit facing erectile challenges
Alpro Pharmacy and Viatris join forces for better men’s health.
By Fitness Editor
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In light of the pressing concerns affecting men's well being, Alpro Pharmacy recently conducted a survey revealing deep insights into the challenges and viewpoints of men regarding their overall health. Notably, sexual well-being emerged as a pivotal component, with 78.6% of the 345 respondents facing difficulties in maintaining an erection to complete sexual intercourse. These findings underscore the pivotal role of sexual health, alongside physical and mental well-being, in shaping men's overall sense of wellness.
Alarmingly, the survey revealed that men of all age groups, especially those under 40, are facing increasing challenges in this area, sparking concerns about the state of men's sexual health in the modern world. To address this, Alpro Pharmacy — Malaysia's largest pharmacy chain — and Viatris, a global healthcare company, have joined hands to initiate the Alpro Men's Health Teleconsult. This dedicated platform aims to provide expert guidance and create a secure space for men to discuss and seek solutions for various health issues, from sexual health to male infertility.
Breaking Barriers for Better Men's Health
To delve deeper into the pertinent topic, a roundtable discussion was organised with distinguished panellists such as Consultant Urologist Dr. George Lee, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Hatta Sidi, and Pharmacist Ru-Luen Then. Key stakeholders from both Alpro Pharmacy and Viatris graced the occasion to lend their voices and insights, fostering a rich dialogue on the multifaceted nature of men's sexual health challenges.
During the discussion, Dr. George Lee emphasised that erectile dysfunction has multifactorial causes, involving both physical and lifestyle factors. Chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol can contribute to the issue, which can be worsened by unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Adopting a healthier lifestyle, including stress reduction, a balanced diet, and regular physical activity, can improve self-esteem and sexual confidence. Dr. George Lee also stressed the importance of personalised and professional advice available through the Alpro Men's Health Teleconsult, which operates longer hours compared to traditional clinics and hospitals.
Dr. Hatta Sidi added a mental health perspective, pointing out the emotional factors that can contribute to erectile dysfunction. He explained that anxiety, stress, and self-esteem issues could lead to difficulties in maintaining an erection. Communication and self-esteem played a crucial role in shaping men's confidence and performance in bed. The impact of partners' communication was particularly highlighted, as negative interactions could further deteriorate men's self-esteem.