Study examines sexual advice email services
A group of researchers recently examined the emails from people looking for sex advice in order to find a common theme to some of the problems that they experience. The study, which was published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, found that more than two-thirds of men had written to the advice service complaining of erection problems, which was often tied to a lack of a sex drive.
Of the problems that people were seeking advice about, 69 percent were inquiring about erectile problems, 17 percent reported a loss of sex drive, 12 percent were ejaculating prematurely, 10 percent were worried about problems they had while masturbating and 12 percent were concerned about their genitals.
The advice that was given to them included everything from referrals to a relationship specialist for counseling to telling the person to get in contact with their doctor to have their testosterone checked. The latter was a common theme for men who were over the age of 40 or if they had heart disease or diabetes.
The study's authors wanted to conduct such research in order to delve deeper into email advice services and if people are using them. Previous studies have been conducted on telephone help lines, which is why the scientists wanted to take it a step further as technology continues to evolve.
"Telephone advice lines are an established source of support for patients with sexual problems" says co-author Kevan Wylie, who specializes in sexual medicine at Sheffield Care NHS Trust. "Our study shows that e-mail advice and counselling are also an increasingly important and effective resource for men who find it difficult to discuss intimate issues with their family doctor.