According to new guidelines, doctors should ask men who fail in bed if they are actually gay or not.
The study conducted in UK found around 100,000 of the five million Brits suffering erectile dysfunction. They are thought to be struggling with their sexuality.
The 28-page report from the British Society for Sexual Medicine tells GPs that there can no longer be an excuse for avoiding discussions about sexual activity due to embarrassment.
Lead author of the research Dr Geoff Hackett said,“Some people can be wrestling with their sexuality and need to be pointed in the right direction. This may be your one and only chance as a doctor to do so.”
He further added that if a man is in a relationship with a woman and is having problems with erectile dysfunction it might be because they are in a relationship with the wrong gender.
He went on to say, “They might be able to overcome their issue if they come to terms with this. If you do not get at this problem you will waste a lot of time and ineffective treatment going down the wrong path.”
While the most common causes are physical issues affecting blood flow, such as heart disease and diabetes, psychological ones including stress and depression.
Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, from the Royal College of GPs, elaborated that while there are many reasons for erectile dysfunction, it is essential patients have the safe space to discuss issues with their GP, whenever they choose to and in their own time.