Let's talk about sex concerns, urge doctors
Men and women should be routinely asked during medical consultations if they have any sexual concerns, the British Society for Sexual Medicine said yesterday.
The question could give clinicians an early warning of other health problems the patient may be suffering, but could also help to tackle social issues such as relationship breakdown, experts said.
Dr Geoff Hackett, a sexual health specialist at Good Hope Hospital, Birmingham, said savings could be made where patients were inappropriately prescribed sometimes expensive drugs that did not effectively tackle their problem.
More than half of patients taking Viagra found it did not solve their problems adequately, he said, adding that low testosterone was the main problem for one-in-10 men suffering erectile dysfunction.
Dr Hackett said erectile dysfunction was recognised as an early warning of coronary artery issues and asking men about it could help to identify people with potential heart problems.