Men are more likely to seek out massages, acupuncture, massage and other massage therapy than women, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The study, which tracked more than 20,000 men and women, found that men were about three times more likely than women to seek medical care for sex-related health issues.
“Our results indicate that men are more susceptible to sexual health problems and health care-related problems than women are,” lead author Dr. Mark Stoddart, of the University of Michigan, said in a statement.
He said the findings could help researchers develop treatments for men’s sexual dysfunction.
The research found that males were more likely on average to seek care for sexual health issues than females.
The majority of the men surveyed were between 18 and 29 years old, with a median age of 42.
The researchers found that a median of 10% of men had had at least one sexual health problem.
More than half of the respondents were seeking help for depression, anxiety or substance abuse.
Stoddarts team was unable to identify which sex had the highest prevalence of sexual health conditions, and which had the lowest.
“The finding that men have higher rates of sexual dysfunction is interesting in light of previous research that suggests the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections is higher among men,” said Stoddars team member, Dr. Rebecca Lueck.
“While the prevalence rates of the most common sexual health concerns are generally low in men, we do know that for women, these concerns are often less common,” she added.