A new study has revealed that a third of men with erectile dysfunction (ED) give up on having satisfactory sex after just one attempt with impotence pills.
Research presented at the tenth congress of the European Society of Sexual Medicine reveals that many do not give treatment for impotence a chance to work and do not return to their doctor for advice or different medication.
Research author Dr David Edwards, a GP in Oxfordshire, said that oral impotence treatments generally work well except in the most severe cases.
"However, this research has shown that one in three men with ED are not able to have satisfactory sex the first time they take a tablet and consequently a third of them do not return to their doctor.
"These men could still be successfully treated by simply switching to a different tablet or increasing the dose," he revealed.
The study also revealed that failure with the first dose of treatment impacts upon overall confidence (58 per cent) and relationships (47 percent), and leads men to fear their ED may be permanent (77 per cent).
Fellow author Dr Catherine Hood said that men tend to place a lot of hope on their first tablet.
"Yet, men are generally given low doses to start and not always adequately followed up by their GP," the sexual medicine expert noted.
"The medical profession needs to be aware how best to support men with ED, and men need to be reassured that there are other options available if their first treatment has not worked for them."
It is estimated that half of all men over the age of 40 are affected by erection problems.