Beyond the Bedpan, along with our “seen it all before” readers, isn’t afraid to talk about embarrassing illnesses. Rashes, itching, discharge. There’s not much that will shock us.
So why are patients still so backwards about coming forwards?
A story in the news this week suggested that up to six million men in Europe look for erectile dysfunction drugs on the internet without first talking to a nurse or doctor. That’s a lot of embarrassed, gruff chaps, embarrassed about their, erm, chaps.
The risks of taking drugs that you’ve picked up off the internet is huge, are people really prepared to take these risks just to avoid what they might see as an awkward conversation?
Where does the answer lie? Should we, as nurses, be making it easier for the patient? Should the government make access to sexual health services easier and spend more money promoting them? Or should men just get over themselves and start talking?