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More young Danes need help in the bedroom

The number of Danish men aged 15 to 29 prescribed sexual enhancement drugs has more than doubled between 2000 and 2013.

More young Danes need help in the bedroom
More young Danes are letting high expectations affect their bedroom performance. Photo: Colourbox

Due to the higher sexual expectations of men aged 15 to 29, more and more are turning to Viagra and other sexual enhancement drugs to give a helping hand in the bedroom, Metroxpress reported. 

According to the Danish State Serum Institute (SSI), the number of 15 to 29 year olds prescribed medication for erectile dysfunction rose from 529 in 2000 to 1,280 in 2013.

Psychotherapist and sexologist Per Holm Knudsen told Metroxpress that the sharp increase is primarily due to performance anxiety.

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“Young people walk around with a fear of not being perfect and with unrealistic expectations that they should be able to perform all the time,” he said.

“It is worrying because it treats the symptom and not the cause of the problem. That is why they have performance anxiety. It is not a good idea to be giving healthy people drugs. Sexual enchantment pills may not be dangerous if you are young, but they’re not vitamin pills,” Knudsen continued.

The number of pills being popped has seen a huge increase since Viagra’s patent expired in 2013, going to 36,000 that year compared to 28,000 in 2012 after the price of the cheapest pill fell from 81 kroner to just five kroner.

Astrid Højgaard, chief physician at Aalborg University Hospital's Sexology Research Center, said the increase in the number of pills being prescribed to young men is not a concerning figure.

“It is probably true that more adolescents are being prescribed potency pills. It is not something I’m worried about. If a deeply unhappy 17 year old came to me now because he had had sexual performance problems, then I will prescribe them to him,” she told Metroxpress.

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HEALTH

New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries. 

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