ED is not a simple condition and you have probably heard about many things that contribute to it.
But your skin does too. Now that’s something new.
And we’re not talking about ethnic groups or skin color as such. Nevertheless, this type of skin can increase your risk of ED by 33%.
Fortunately, it’s quite simple to correct this (that’s the ED part).
Psoriasis is a skin condition marked by red, itchy, scaly patches of skin. It is caused by an overreaction when your immune system mistakenly attacks perfectly healthy skin cells with inflammation.
A different team of scientists has now decided to follow up on this finding in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy to investigate exactly what types of sexual problems men with psoriasis have.
They recruited 76 men, between ages 20 and 66, and through physical examination, categorized them from having the least to most severe psoriasis.
They then asked the participants to complete three questionnaires: The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), the Beck’s Depression Inventory, and the Dermatology Life Quality Index.
They found that 43.8% of them had ED, with the elder men being unsurprisingly more at risk than their younger counterparts.
Those with the most severe symptoms were also more likely to struggle with ED than their psychologically healthy peers.
77.6% of them reported that their psoriasis at least occasionally interfered with their sex lives.
The men with the most severe psoriasis were the most likely to report that they sometimes avoided sexual contact and that they felt ashamed of their bodies in front of their sexual partners.
96.1% of the men reported feeling embarrassed during flare-ups, when lesions appeared on their uncovered skin and felt ashamed in front of their sexual partners.
More than 50% of the men stated that they avoided sexual and social activities because of their skin condition, and 44% said that they had experienced rejection at some point during their lives because of it.
With all those worries in their minds, it is clear why men with psoriasis were more likely to have ED than the general population. Researchers are probably right to state that dermatologists should take note of these findings and help men to find solutions for their problem.
This shows that ED is often more of an emotional condition than physical.