Disclosures Neither John Tomlinson and Linford Fernandes have conflicts of interest. Within the last three years, Kevan Wylie has received honoraria, research grants and support to attend medical conferences and meetings from Astra Zeneca, Bayer Schering Pharma, Boehringer Ingelheim, imedicare, Ipsen, Janssen-Cilag, J&J, Meda Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Procter and Gamble, Prostrakan and Durex/SSL. Neither he nor any immediate family member has a current financial arrangement or affiliation with any organization(s) that may have a direct financial interest in the subject matter of the guideline.
An e-mail and telephone helpline for sexual problems – results of a 2-year survey of men’s sexual concerns
Article first published online: 1 AUG 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
International Journal of Clinical Practice
Volume 65, Issue 10, pages 1085–1091, October 2011
How to Cite
Tomlinson, J. M., Fernandes, L. C. and Wylie, K. R. (2011), An e-mail and telephone helpline for sexual problems – results of a 2-year survey of men’s sexual concerns. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 65: 1085–1091. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2011.02729.x
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 1 AUG 2011
- Paper received March 2011, accepted May 2011
Introduction: Sexual problems are relatively common in the community. The under-reporting of such problems calls for alternative ways of getting a true perspective of the prevalence of sexual dysfunction.
Aim: To assess and investigate the concerns, ages and nationality of male users of a electronic helpline using it over 2 years (2009–2010).
Methods: Detailed records were kept of all emails and telephone calls to the helpline which included administrative and clinical queries. The clinical calls and some of the emails were answered by the administrator, while the majority of the emails were answered by a physician. This presentation will deal with the users who emailed for assistance with male sexual dysfunction. (n = 673).
Results: The helpline received a total of 6142 calls over the period of investigation, including administrative and press calls. Men accounted for 88% of the callers about sexual dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction accounted for 68% of the complaints by men who used the e-mail service. Premature ejaculation, loss of sex drive, genital problems and masturbation worries were other concerns that were received. A large number of men from the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent used the email service, mostly for premature ejaculation and masturbation worries, related to their arranged marriage.
Conclusions: We found confirmation that the commonest sexual complaints in men were of erectile dysfunction and loss of sex drive. Significant correlations were identified between the types of sexual dysfunction and the age and ethnicity of the men who presented with them.