Sex has proved to be an issue of lesser concern for men suffering erection difficulties, according to a new Australian survey.

The Standing Tall report, based on a nationwide Galaxy survey of more than 1000 men with erection problems, found most sufferers regarded their inability to have sex as secondary to the impact of the condition on other aspects of their lives.

Respondents revealed the condition had a severe impact on their confidence, self-image and sense of manhood.

According to the report, commissioned by Lilly Australia, many men admit the impact of erection problems is felt on an ongoing basis and extends far beyond the ability to have sex.

Commenting on the research, Sydney-based sexual health physician Dr Michael Lowy said most men who initiate treatment for erection problems are looking to address a broader range of issues than simply the ability to have sex.

The survey found men with erection problems suffer high levels of anxiety induced by doubts about their virility and by constant reminders of their problem.

One in two men admit to being reminded of their condition by physical contact with someone they find attractive.

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