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Stagnant economy and stress increasing impotence: doctors
景氣差壓力大 白領不舉熟男激增二成

A doctor holds a model of a penis at hospital in Greater Kaohsiung on Nov. 8.

Photo: Fang Chih-hsien, Liberty Times

Economic stagnation and high stress levels are ostensibly causing middle-aged, white-collar men to perform inadequately. Chen Yu, a doctor at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s urology department, has recently observed a sharp increase in the number of white-collar males aged 35 to 45 coming in to his office for erectile dysfunction (ED). Diagnoses have found that most ED patients are fatigued from overwork and under too much pressure, causing them to have the desire but lack the physical strength. Among his patients, many of them also stay up late at night, which can affect the endocrine system and lead to ED.

Chen says that the number of white-collar workers coming in for ED has recently increased by around 20 percent. Among them there are also patients between 20 and 30 years old, showing that there is a pattern of ED patients gradually getting younger. Chen has deduced that this is probably because young people enjoy staying up late and playing with their smartphones all the time, which increases the secretion of hormones like prolactin, negatively impacting the endocrine system. If they have other problems, such as smoking cigarettes or sleeping disorders, it can make a young male experience reduced physical strength and libido.

If one experiences impotence during intercourse, besides seeing a doctor, you can try different sexual positions to test yourself to see if you have ED, Chen says. According to a survey conducted by the hospital that was given to 300 men with mild ED, surveying the level of satisfaction in their sex life, many of the patients could only have intercourse in the traditional missionary position because they were unable to use more difficult positions due to weak erections and impotence, Chen says.


1. fatigued adj.

疲勞的;勞累的 (pi2 lao2 de5; lao2 lei4 de5)

例: After flying nonstop for 36 hours the fatigued pilot caused the plane to crash.


2. libido n.

性慾 (xing4 yu4)

例: Regular exercise and eating healthy foods can increase libido.


3. exacerbate v.

使惡化;使加重 (shi3 e4 hua4; shi3 jia1 zhong4)

例: I didn’t mean to exacerbate the problem. I was only trying to help.


If you find that you are unable to use alternative sexual positions, perhaps you should be wary of the possibility that you have a physical or mental disorder and should seek medical help to avoid exacerbating the problem and developing more severe ED, Chen says.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)






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