Doctor and sexologist Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad told public TV NRK: “It is extremely important for public health that the state invests in a good sex life. People are happier then. This is how you can take action against depression. Scientific studies have shown that good sexuality prolongs life and minimizes diseases. I am very happy that this offer is also being used.” Doctors can prescribe the aids to their patients who have had problems with sexuality for at least two years. In addition, it must be ruled out that drug treatment could solve the problems. If the criteria for sex toys are met, the doctor can choose a suitable device from various providers and have it billed through NAV. One of the most important suppliers is the company Quintet. There is, for example, a special penis vibrator for men with a damaged spinal cord, which costs almost 700 euros. For women, dildo sets are available in five different shapes and sizes. There are also penis rings and penis pumps. Archive video Tormod Moland is the responsible department manager at NAV. He told NRK: “In 2020, about 3,000 Norwegians received sexual aids. Patients often have cancer treatment. Some patients suffer from vaginismus (involuntary spasm of the muscles of the pelvic floor surrounding the vagina, editor’s note). But there are also patients with neurological diseases.” According to NAV, penis pumps are most often prescribed.
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