A recent survey shows that about 45 percent of Taiwanese men are dissatisfied with their performance in bed, Taiwanese Association of Andrology officials told a press conference yesterday.
The majority of respondents were not sexually satisfied because they cannot maintain an erection, the survey of 300 people between the ages of 40 and 70 found.
The results also showed that 67 percent of those polled admitted having used either work, anxiety or lack of sleep as an excuse to not have sex with their partners when the real reason was erectile dysfunction, association president Wang Chii-jye (王起杰) said.
He said the causes of erectile dysfunction were 10 percent psychological and 90 percent physiological and included the consequences of smoking, alcohol abuse and lack of male hormones.
“It is a very common condition, but not many people seek help,” said Wang, who is also an impotence specialist at Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital.
“Even if they do, they are reluctant to discuss the issue with their partners,” he said.
He cited the case of one of his patients who traveled from Taipei to Greater Kaohsiung for medical consultations.
“He lied to his wife that he was coming for business, but in fact he was here to get an artificial penis,” Wang said.
The survey results also show that 64.7 percent of the respondents feel guilty when they turn down their partner’s offers of sex.