Mat Rezaei with UPGUYS has witnessed first hand the profound impact of the stigma surrounding men’s sexual health.
Breaking the Stigma in Men’s Sexual Health: Beyond Pleasure
Men’s sexual health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet it has long been concealed by silence and stigma. The far-reaching consequences of this cultural taboo impact emotional and mental health beyond the physical realm. To shed light on this pressing issue, we spoke with Mat Rezaei, the Founder and CEO of Upguys, a renowned men’s health platform based in Vancouver, Canada. In this article, we delve into the critical subject of sexual health stigma, backed by compelling statistics and experiences, aiming to foster open conversations and accessible support.
The Impact on Quality of Life:
“Erectile dysfunction and other sexual dysfunctions have a profound impact on men’s lives, often leading to depression, anxiety, and strained relationships,” shares Mat Rezaei, Founder and CEO of Upguys. Studies consistently show that these issues extend beyond the physical, affecting overall well-being and emotional health. For example, research reveals that 34% of men experiencing erectile dysfunction also suffer from anxiety directly related to their condition, while the quality of relationships between couples can be deeply affected, adding emotional burdens.
Silent Suffering: The Stigma and Silence:
“It is disheartening that many men suffer silently due to the associated stigma,” says Rezaei. A survey involving 1,500 men aged 18 to 80 highlights that about 40% report some form of sexual dysfunction. More troubling is that 50% of these men do not disclose their concerns to doctors, and 58% do not discuss them with their partners. The fear of embarrassment and judgment hinders them from seeking the help and support they desperately need.
The Role of Healthcare Practitioners:
“We hope healthcare practitioners proactively address men’s sexual health during appointments, but the reality is quite different,” notes Rezaei. Time constraints often cause doctors to avoid discussing sexual health, prioritizing other conditions. This unfortunate situation perpetuates silence, preventing men from receiving the guidance and assistance they require. However, there is a growing need for practitioners to initiate open conversations and offer accessible resources.
Breaking the Silence:
Mat Rezaei, the driving force behind Upguys, is committed to dismantling the stigma surrounding men’s sexual health. “At Upguys, we are determined to foster a supportive community where men can discuss their concerns without judgment and find the solutions they seek,” says Rezaei. Education, awareness, and accessible resources play pivotal roles in empowering men to take charge of their sexual well-being.
Taking the First Step:
If you or someone you know faces challenges related to men’s sexual health, breaking the silence is vital. Rezaei advises, “Share your concerns with your healthcare provider, as they can provide valuable guidance and appropriate treatments.” Additionally, joining a community of like-minded individuals who understand and empathize with your experiences can provide invaluable support throughout the journey to sexual well-being.
Men’s sexual health should never be silenced by stigma. By openly discussing these issues, promoting education, and providing a supportive community, we can break down barriers and empower men to prioritize their sexual well-being. Together, let’s create a world where men’s sexual health is acknowledged, understood, and given the attention it rightfully deserves. Fostering open conversations and accessible support will help combat stigma and pave the way for a brighter future for men’s sexual health.