Men may be renowned for sympathy seeking when it comes to certain health complaints, like colds and flu, but there are other medical issues that we’re less inclined to open up about. Here are three embarrassing problems that many men can relate to but most go out of their way to avoid discussing.
1) Erectile dysfunction
If you’ve ever had problems getting or keeping an erection, rest assured you’re not alone. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can affect men of all ages and it’s thought that around half of all males aged between 40 and 70 have it to some extent. ED can be caused by physical issues like high blood pressure or injury or it can be triggered by psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, stress or relationship difficulties.
The important thing if you have ED is to seek help. Ignoring it and simply hoping it will go away is not a solution and it could even put your health at risk. There are a range of treatment options available. Depending on the cause of your ED, you might need to tackle an underlying health complaint, change your lifestyle or have counselling sessions. Medicines like sildenafil, which is better known as Viagra, can also help. These prescription treatments can be used to manage ED in two-thirds of cases and you can find out more about them by speaking to your doctor or visiting the websites of health specialists like Online Doctor Lloyds Pharmacy.
2) Hair loss
Most people would love to have a full head of healthy hair, but in reality many men are going thin on top. The most common type of hair loss is called male pattern baldness and it’s a genetic disorder that causes testosterone to be converted into the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has a damaging effect on hair follicles. Some men start to lose their locks as early as their 20s and 30s, while most will see some hair loss by the time they reach their 60s.
In the past, men had to resort to covering up with caps or wearing wigs if they wanted to hide their hair loss. Things have moved on though and there are now a range of treatment options available. For example, some people opt to have transplant surgery to help restore their hair. A less drastic alternative is the treatment finasteride, which is more commonly known by the brand name Propecia. Taken as a tablet, finasteride works by blocking the effects of DHT. It is effective in nine out of 10 men with mild to moderate hair loss, but it generally takes around three to six months to have a noticeable effect and hair loss resumes if the treatment is stopped.
3) Bad breath
Bad breath is another embarrassing problem that most men experience at some point in their lives. In fact, around a quarter of people are thought to have halitosis on a regular basis. If you think your breath could be fresher, you might need to improve your oral hygiene. Regular, thorough tooth brushing is a must and make sure you floss too. Bear in mind that certain foods, like onion and garlic, can affect your breath as well, as can smoking and alcohol.
In some cases, bad breath is a sign of gum disease or dental problems. If you suspect that this applies to you, book an appointment with your dentist.