MALAYSIA - Men who seek medical help for sexual dysfunction are usually forced by their wives to make the doctor's appointment, clinical andrologist Dr Mohd Ismail Mohd Tambi told Metro Ahad.
He was quoted as saying that the men would try to avoid consulting medical experts over "manhood problems" because of their ego and fear of embarrassment.
"More women are making the appointments on behalf of their husbands," he said. "Even on the rare occasions that men themselves seek help, it is because their wives forced them to."
Men who faced such problems, he said, made matters worse by opting for "short-cuts" by taking pills and other products to "boost their energy".
These so-called medication, if taken without a doctor's advice, could even lead to death, Dr Mohd Ismail warned.
Quoting statistics from the latest H4rd Poll by pharmaceutical company Pfizer Malaysia, he said more than 40 per cent of Malaysian men, including those in their 20s, suffered sexual dysfunction.
"Even more shocking, the majority of them can perform for about a minute only," he said, adding that some wives then resort to divorcing their husbands. "Others have extramarital affairs to satisfy their needs."
Actress Erin Malek, who turns 19 this month, said she had to face every kind of wild accusations in recent years.
Erin, who started out as a child actress in Tentang Bulan, has even been accused of taking drugs.
"When I was in secondary school, I did not accept any acting jobs because I wanted to focus on my studies," Metro Ahad quoted her as saying.
"What was hurtful was people seemed to be finding fault with me and hurling accusations at me all the time, without even asking me about it first," she said.
"I guess this is the price of fame. As long as I have my family by my side and I have their love and support, I can go on with my life."