Erectile Dysfunction: 10 Common Myths and Facts

Erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get or maintain an erection is a common problem. Most men have difficulty with this, but for some men the problem is going on, which causes problems with self-esteem and their relationships.

Because ED can be a difficult topic for men to talk about, there are many misconceptions that surround the condition. Read on to learn why you should not believe these common myths.

10 Common Myths and Facts of Erectile Dysfunction 

  • Myth 1: ED only occurs in old men

Fact: ED is more common in older men, but can occur in men of all ages. Certain medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease can increase the risk of developing ED. Smoking has also been found to be a risk factor, and some medications can also cause ED.

  • Myth 2: ED is a normal part of the aging process

Fact: Although it is true that ED becomes more common in the age of people, it is not necessarily a part of the normal aging process. ED is a medical problem and can affect the overall well-being of a man, regardless of his age. ED needs and can be addressed if it comes to 20 or 90 years.

  • Myth 3: Only men feel the influence of ED

Fact: Both the man and his partner can be influenced by ED. ED can cause feelings of insufficient and low self esteem, and can lead to depression. Intimate relationships often suffer, especially if the situation is not addressed. The partner can not believe or feel that it is in some way their fault, causing relationship problems. When self-esteem is affected, it can also cause difficulties in other relationships, including problems at work, with family or with friends.

  • Myth 4: Wearing tight underwear causes ED

Fact: Stiff underwear is associated with infertility because it can increase the temperature of the testicles, but there is no medical examination that shows a connection between tight underwear and ED.

  • Myth 5: ED is only caused by relationship problems

Fact: Although relationship problems definitely contribute to the desire of a man to sex, most cases of ED are physiological, not psychological. On the other hand, untreated ED can further contribute to problems within a relationship.

  • Myth 6: Oral medicine, such as Viagra, is the only treatment for ED

Fact: Lifestyle changes, like weight loss and smoking, are usually recommended even before trying oral medications. Identifying and treating underlying physical conditions should be the first treatment of ED. Oral medicines help many men, but do not work for everyone.

  • Myth 7: Men with ED do not have sexual desire

Fact: Sexual drive or desire is hormonal, and ED does not necessarily affect it. Some men with ED can fear or jointly fear sex because they are afraid they can not have an erection, but ED does not directly affect sexual desire.

  • Myth 8: Having trouble getting an erection always signals ED

Fact: Men, despite the common belief, can not always have sex. Fatigue, personal problems, fear, worries and other problems can affect the ability of a man to have sex. In addition, just like in women, some days men are just not "in the mood." Believing that men can have sex at any time, add the feeling of pressure to perform.

  • Myth 9: ED is not dangerous - it's just a personal problem

Fact: Although it is true that ED is in many cases not dangerous, it can signal underlying medical conditions that can be harmful if not treated, such as heart disease or high blood pressure. Seeing your doctor when experiencing ED can assist you in identifying and treating serious medical conditions.

  • Myth 10: Herbal supplements can treat ED so you do not need to see a doctor

Fact: Currently there is no scientific research in support of the claim that the use of herbal supplements ED can treat.

Note that herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and they may be dangerous to other medical conditions, which may disturb the current medication and cause unwanted side effects. You should always talk to your doctor

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