By Lottie Tiplady-Bishop
July 3, 2020, 10.25
Sales of male enhancement drugs soared 400% during the lockdown.
Experts believe the rise is representative of a trend already present – particularly prevalent among young men experimenting in the bedroom.
Figures from male enhancement pharmaceutical company Male Extra show sales of their supplements jumped from £ 2,000 to £ 3,000 in January to £ 10,000 around April 20 – almost a month after Boris Johnson announced the lockdown.
Dr Earim Choudry, medical director of men’s health site Manual, said: “The last few weeks of lockdown will have given men enough time to think about their sex lives.
“The lockdown has given many couples the opportunity to have more frequent sex.
“For a lot of people, this increase in activity will have caused some men to deal with low libido issues that have plagued them for some time.
“With a busy schedule, these issues are easier to ignore. Months locked inside, however, perhaps made them harder to ignore. “
Male Extra’s product claims to “improve erection size and strength and intensify orgasms,” and sales of the enhancement drugs have skyrocketed – with men aged 25 to 34 being responsible for the largest increase, at 28.78 percent.
And London had the highest number of purchases accounting for just over half of all Male Extra sales at 50.75 percent, followed by Birmingham at 4.19 percent and Bristol, which accounted for 1.65 percent.
In the UK, England had the highest number of sales overall at 77.5%, but data showed Scottish men accounted for 20.11% of sales, despite a population around 11 times larger. smaller than England.
Experts believe that while the numbers show increased sales throughout the lockdown, the boom is indicative of an already existing trend.
It is believed that younger men – although theoretically less likely to suffer from issues like loss of libido, erectile dysfunction and lack of self-confidence in the bedroom – are increasingly comfortable discussing their relationship. sex life with their partners, and are now much happier to turn things around. .
Dr Deborah Lee of Dr Fox Online Pharmacy says the lockdown provided the perfect opportunity for men to experiment, shop discreetly online, and have more time to appreciate the effects of male enhancement drugs.
Dr Lee said: “[These types of] the drugs lend themselves to online purchase because you can complete an online questionnaire and avoid an embarrassing consultation.
“They arrive within 48 hours in discreet packaging. Men often find this very convenient.
She also pointed to an increase in sales of Viagra, with a Nottingham pharmacy having recorded a 34% increase in purchases of the little blue pill since February, according to The Business Desk.
But younger men are more likely to be looking to explore in the bedroom rather than tackling an existing “problem”.
Dr Chaudry points to the use of natural testosterone supplements – typically containing ingredients like Zing, Maca and Ginseng – which he says have “found a new, younger audience.”
The men’s health doc said: “Scientists have struggled to link the increase in the number of young men purchasing viagra (and related supplements) to underlying health issues.
“It could be that the increase in sales is a sign that more and more young men are experiencing low libido.”
However, he added, “Other leading sexual health experts have put Viagra’s new, younger audience into sexual experimentation, with anecdotal evidence suggesting the drug is used as a bedroom enhancer, rather. as a remedy for erectile dysfunction.
“Supplements won’t cure erectile dysfunction, but they will help maintain healthy testosterone levels – the key to maintaining high libido.”
Dr Chaudry concluded, “Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say that Viagra and testosterone supplements are increasingly standardized in young men.
“As in many areas of life, the lockdown has simply exaggerated and accelerated a trend that is hidden, but already present.”