Struggling with erectile dysfunction (ED)? You are not alone. ED affects more Singaporean men than you think. In fact, younger men may experience some extent of ED. Yet, many men are too embarrassed to talk about their struggles. In this article, we look at the data available to see how prevalent erectile dysfunction is in Singapore.
If you already know you have ED, and is just looking for solutions, we have covered in our comprehensive generic viagra guide how you can obtain them in Singapore.
Do I have erectile dysfunction?
How does one ask the hard question without having to go to a doctor?
The IIEF-5 score (International Index of Erectile Function) is an internationally recognized survey used to assess ED in men. From 5 simple questions, it gives you a score and its corresponding severity.
Another little trick is to check if you are still getting morning erections. If you are, then it’s less likely you are having a organic ED.
Organic ED refers to ED caused by physical health. Common causes are diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease – because they results in lesser blood flow in the penis during arousal
On the other hand, men with psychogenic ED, are able to get an erection – but not when they want too. We are seeing more young men affected with ED due to this form of ED. It happens when there is a disconnection in the emotional aspects of intimacy. In Singapore’s fast pace environment, it’s easy to let stress, performance anxiety, and even lack of communication with your partner, get in the way.
You can use this free calculator to check how likely you are to have erectile dysfunction.
What they found out about erectile dysfunction among Singaporeans
Back in 1999, a local study surveyed 729 men, aged 30 and older, in order to uncover this unspoken issue.
About half of the respondents have some form of erectile dysfunction. The precise number is 51.3%
To further distribute the severity: 23.2% have mild ED, 8.8% have moderate ED and 19.3% have severe ED.
Erectile dysfunction worsens with age
Singaporeans also suffer from erectile dysfunction as they age. Singaporean men aged 50 and above are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, as more than 60% of these men told the surveyors they have ED.
An interesting trend here is that Singaporean men aged 30-39 have a higher prevalence of erectile dysfunction than people 10 years older than them.
To be age group specific:
- 30s: 47.1%
- 40s: 42.8%
- 50s: 64.0%
- 60s: 77.4%
- >70: 90.0%
It’s easy to blame “ageing” for the cause of ED in older men. But sometimes, it could be a sign of something deeper. You could be having undiagnosed conditions that is causing your ED.
Hence, it is advisable to visit a trusted doctor, at least once, to get things checked, if things are not improving.
The survey established that regardless of ethnicity, Singaporean men have about a fifty-fifty chance at erectile dysfunction on average.
But erectile dysfunction does discriminate among the different race groups in Singapore.
Indian men have the highest prevalence of erectile dysfunction at 59.7%, then Malay men at 55.8% and then Chinese men at 49.3%.
People not captured within these racial categories suffer it at 53.3%.
Singapore vs other countries
From where we stand in the global standpoint, the difference is pretty stark.
Remember that Singaporean men have a prevalence rate of 51.3%.
That’s higher than Thailand (37.5%), Australia (33.9%) and Italy (14%). All of these were statistics from men between 40-70 years old.
Remember that psychogenic ED is a real phenomenon. If our men have trouble getting into the mood, this could be a manifestation of something deeper in our culture.
No wonder our birth rates are declining.
Finding ED treatment in Singapore today
The bottom line is that erectile dysfunction is real, and is no laughing matter.
Staying healthy is crucial for preventing ED. Above that, being “healthy” goes beyond the usual diet and exercise. It also includes rest, good sleep, a healthy mind. Sometimes, it even boils down to simple fundamentals of a relationship – talking.
If you know already have tried the “soft” methods (no pun intended), there seeking proper medical aid might help get the ball rolling and regain your confidence. And thankfully, it is a lot easier now:
It is cheaper and affordable
ED longest known treatment, Viagra, or “the blue pill”, has many alternatives now.
Sildenafil, or “the blue pill generic”, contains the same active ingredient, as branded Viagra. This makes the blue pill a lot more affordable for use on multiple occasions.
Although you still require a doctor’s prescription, you are paying for a fraction of the cost, yet for the same efficacy.
There are more choices
Apart from Viagra and Sildenafil, there are new kids on the block.
There are also newer branded ED pills such as Cialis , Levitra and Spedra. And with each brand, they have a different feature to offer. Cialis, also another popular choice, enables you to stand “on-demand” for up to 36 hours with a single dose. While Spedra doesn’t interact with food, hence you can have a fancy dinner date, without having to worry about your performance later.
We explored the benefits between Viagra and Cialis in a separate article.
Convenient and less embarrassment
Virtual clinics like Sire have been making ED treatment accessible from the comfort of your own room.
Sire is a 24/7 service that is available online. Through a simple 3-step process: Evaluate, verify, deliver – Sire makes it possible to get professional advice from Singapore licensed doctor within 24 hours.