The coronavirus epidemic, accompanying depression and more time spent with their partners, have sent many men to their urologists in search of a cure for erectile dysfunction and low libido.
At one urology clinic in Songpa in southern Seoul, patients increased between 20 to 30 percent compared to pre-coronavirus days. Operations for erectile dysfunction have risen from two to three a month to two to three a week.
“I can’t say this applies to all urology clinics, but it looks like many clinics have seen the number of patient increase or more Viagras prescribed since the epidemic started,” a urologist said.
One pharmaceutical company says sales of its generic Viagra have increased around 10 percent on-year in the first eight months of this year.
Experts attribute the trend to growing fears among men of losing their virility, especially when their financial capabilities are being challenged. Urologist Park Kyung-shik said, “A primordial way of affirming one’s existence in tough times is sex, so a lot of men seem to be turning to urologists and drugs for help.”
One 47-year-old man in Seoul recently visited a urology clinic for the first time in his life, seeking help with erectile dysfunction. When the problem started around two years ago, he did not pay much attention. But his thoughts changed after the epidemic started.
“My business is faring poorly due to the pandemic and I felt depressed by the fact that I was also having problems with my sex life,” he said.
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