Sale of men's slimming, impotence and hair loss products soaring
The number of British men buying slimming, impotence and hair loss products has soared over the years, a new survey has revealed.
A British online pharmacy said that these products now account for 25 percent of its entire sales of more than 15 million pounds a year, the Daily Mail reported.
And, in a new trend, it says men increasingly buying treatments for all three ailments in one order.
An analysis of 2012 sales figures by Chemist Direct found there was a 40 percent rise in such orders from customers across the UK, compared to the previous year.
The most popular products include Regaine hair loss foam for Men, XLS-Medical and BioBurn slimming tablets, and Maxbido, the male sexual enhancer.
The biggest demand was in London and the South East, followed by the Midlands, and then the North East.
In fourth place were customers in Scotland, followed by those living in the North West.
Part of the rise in demand may be attributed to the recession, as increased pressure both at work and at home can cause stress, affecting a man's sex drive, and causing weight fluctuation and even hair loss.
Experts have warned that there could be a rise in impotence due to men suffering from an increase in stress and anxiety - caused by long working hours, home pressures and the recession.
Last year, in a survey of more than 1,000 people by Good Housekeeping Magazine, more than a quarter of couples questioned said they were having less sex than they were a year ago, with men blaming their lack of libido on money worries.
Impotence is a common condition with studies showing that up to 33 per cent of men will suffer it at some point of their life.
However, the trend may also have been triggered by men increasingly recognising that they can get help and treatment completely anonymously online, instead of having the embarrassment of walking into their local chemist and explaining their symptoms - or even worse, the possibility of seeing someone they know.