Published On: Wed, Aug 17th, 2016

Sir Ian Botham undergoing treatment for impotence

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Sir Ian Botham admits he’s had FOUR sessions of impotence treatment as he urges men not to suffer in silence – but was he paid to promote it?

  • Cricket legend treated problem with Vigore Linear Shockwave Therapy
  • Non-invasive treatment focuses on four areas of the groin and penis
  • An estimated 50 per cent of 40 to 70-years-olds suffer from impotency
  • Botham revealed it was ‘one of the best health decisions I’ve made’
14 Aug 1981: Ian Botham of England bowls during the 5th Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. England won by 103 runs. Mandatory Credit: Adrian Murrell/Allsport

14 Aug 1981: Ian Botham of England bowls during the 5th Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. England won by 103 runs. Mandatory Credit: Adrian Murrell/Allsport

It’s not a subject most men are terribly keen to talk about.

But Sir Ian Botham has never been one to hold back – whether recalling his exploits on the cricket field or elsewhere.

Now the 60-year-old has revealed he has received treatment for erectile dysfunction in what, he says, is an attempt to keep the spark in his marriage.

Of course, the England hero does not have a problem in that area. He has just decided, he says, that prevention is better than a cure and by speaking out he will make it much easier for other men to seek help.

There is also the small matter that he is now an ‘ambassador’ for the company that provides the £3,000 procedure.

Yesterday a post appeared on the website of health care firm Regenerative Medical Group in which Sir Ian openly endorsed its treatment called Vigore. This followed a weekend interview in which he spoke out about erectile dysfunction. A spokesman for the cricketer refused to say whether he is paid to promote the treatment, which is only available privately through the company, but admitted he was an ambassador for the firm.

All in all, it was too good an opportunity for Sir Ian’s former teammate David Gower, who poked fun at the sporting legend on TV yesterday. He said: ‘Surely you don’t think Beefy wouldn’t do anything for a bit of money – stand up and be counted for a little bit of money.’

In his interview, Sir Ian admitted that erectile dysfunction, which often affects older men, could put a strain on the relationship with his wife Kath, 61.

‘I’m a male and men do have problems and you have to front up to them,’ he said.

‘We enjoy our marriage and want to keep enjoying it for many years. I hope this treatment will improve things in the bedroom department – that’s the whole point of it.’

The cricketer, who was known for his hard partying at the height of his globe-trotting career, has been dogged by allegations of adultery throughout his 40-year marriage. Despite coming clean about an affair with an Australian waitress in 2001, Sir Ian said his marriage had endured and that the impotence treatment would help it thrive for even longer.

He said: ‘Kath has got a gold medal for 40 years of putting up with me. We are strong and happy and have a great life. I’m trying to give myself a better life for a lot longer. The amount of marriages that fail at this stage of life because of men having a problem is huge. They are breaking down because of a lack of intimacy.’

Sir Ian decided to try the treatment, which widens blood vessels through the use of soundwaves, after it was recommended by a doctor.

Although it is normally used to treat men with erectile dysfunction, he said he used it as a preventative measure. ‘I didn’t want to be worrying about it in ten years,’ he told The Sun On Sunday. ‘It’s prevention rather than cure.’

He decided to speak about the condition, said to affect up to half of men between the age of 40 and 70, to counter the taboo that surrounds it.

He said: ‘Too many guys are afraid to face up to the fact that they are getting older and things don’t work as well as they used to. I would say to blokes, don’t be shy. If you’ve got a problem, go and sort it out.’

Sir Ian Botham undergoing treatment for impotence

Courtesy: Daily Mail

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