Erectile dysfunction

Updated 25 July 2014

SA men have less sex than global average

According to a survey, South African men are having sex on average 52 times a year – far less than the average for the rest of the world.

A Pharma Dynamics survey found that men in the country have sex on average 52 times a year. This paled in comparison to the global average of 104 times a year.

Over 500 men between the ages of 18 and 55, involved in a committed relationship, participated in the pharmaceutical company's national survey.

Twenty-two percent of the country's men had sex less often than three times a month, while 16 percent were considered to be in a sexless relationship.

Why aren't SA men having sex?

Mariska van Aswegen, Pharma Dynamics spokesperson said men blamed everything from the economy, mounting work pressure, and the distraction of social media for their lack of sex.

"It's a fallacy that men are always up to the task. Stress and anxiety activates the survival system of the body and inhibits libido," she said.

Read: What's keeping your man outta the bedroom?

Erectile dysfunction?

A total of 23 percent of men surveyed admitted suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), 12 percent of them saying they had lived with the condition for several years.

"Currently [according to urologists], it affects more than 40 percent of SA men and urologists confirm that the condition is much more common than a decade or two ago," Van Aswegen said.

"When asked how often SA doctors treated ED in their practice, 80 percent of them said more than 10 times a month – a steep increase from a few years ago."

The survey found seven percent of men took ED medication recreationally to boost their sexual performance, even though they did not need it.

Van Aswegen said this was dangerous as it could lead to drug dependence and could cause ED problems.

It was usually younger men who misused ED drugs, she said.

Read: ED – the bigger picture

Technology more important than sex?

According to the survey, modern technology was behind the downward trend in sexual activity in South Africa. People were taking their tablets and smartphones into the bedroom.

Thirty-four percent of the men surveyed admitted to doing this, and 51 percent said their partner did it too.

"These days people touch their smartphones more than they touch their partners," said Van Aswegen.

"The fact that work comes into our home now blurs the line between the bedroom and the outside world."

Read more:

Male sexual health – more than just getting it up


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Dr Kenny du Toit is a urologist practicing in Rondebosch, Cape Town. He is also consultant at Tygerberg hospital, where he is a senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University. He is a member of the South African Urological Association, Colleges of Medicine South Africa and Société Internationale d’Urologie. Board registered with both the HPCSA (Health professions council of South Africa) and GMC (General medical council UK). He has a keen interest in oncology, kidney stones and erectile dysfunction.

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