With the increasing popularity of erectile troubles, more and more doctors are struggling to understand why women are so reluctant to get treatment for their erectile problems.
Some doctors fear that their patients will be prescribed drugs that may not be appropriate for them.
But the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there’s no reason doctors shouldn’t be prescribing medications to women suffering from erectile dysfunctions, including women who have a history of sexual assault.
“If we’re just prescribing the wrong drugs, it’s going to affect our ability to treat them,” said Dr. Michael R. Riesch, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
He says it’s important to have a clear understanding of what can cause a woman’s sexual dysfunction and what can be done to address it.
“We don’t want to be in the position of saying, ‘Oh, she’s not having problems, she just needs to take a different pill,'” he said.
“There are different kinds of symptoms, and we need to look at that.
We need to be very clear about that.”
Dr. Riech has studied erectile disorder for nearly 30 years, and he has treated more than 100,000 men and women with the condition.
He said his patients have been “disgusted” by doctors’ responses to their pleas for treatment, but they’ve been unable to get better.
“They’ve been very, very patient-focused, very understanding of their patients and their problems and their needs,” he said, “but they’ve really been very resistant to being helped.”
In the U.S., erectile-dysfunction patients account for about 10 percent of all sexually transmitted infections.
They make up nearly a quarter of all sexual assault victims and more than two-thirds of people diagnosed with ED.
But some doctors are concerned that treating them may cause too much harm, since women often feel pressured to seek help, which can lead to sexual dysfunction.
“Some doctors are saying that women have to be treated as if they are criminals,” Riesk said.
But many experts agree that there are things a doctor can do to help patients manage their symptoms.
They include talking with their doctor about the cause of their symptoms, using medications that treat erectile symptoms, or getting help from a counselor.
And there are a variety of other therapies that can be helpful, including physical therapy, medication and counseling.
For example, women with a history or family history of trauma and sexual abuse may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps people focus on positive behaviors instead of the negative.