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Myths & Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

April 30, 2020 |

Erectile dysfunction is finally starting to get the attention it deserves.

It’s a topic that we should be having a conversation about and not one to shy away from. ED affects 40% of men in the 40’s, 50% of men in their 50’s, and 60% of men in their 60’s. As men age, the risk continues to rise.

While the increased exposure has created more awareness around the issue, there is still trouble differentiating between the myths and facts around erectile dysfunction. To help bring a greater sense of clarity, we’ve broken down some of the most popular myths and facts of erectile dysfunction.

Myth: ED will just go away

Fact: ED does not just “go away”.

ED is a medical condition that can start for a variety of reasons and will continue to get worse over time if the root cause is not addressed.  

This makes the danger of not getting tested and treated even greater. With atherosclerosis, you’re at a much higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, and even wound infections. However, clogged arteries aren’t the only cause of ED. Others include… 

  • High blood pressure
  • Nerve damage
  • Peyronie’s disease (extreme curvature of the penis) 
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Injury to the penis
  • Lower testosterone
  • Elevated estrogen

Physical causes are just part of the equation. If your head is in the wrong place, getting an erection will be difficult. Psychological causes of ED can be:

  • Anger towards your partner
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Boredom with your partner
  • Guilt
  • Performance anxiety
  • Past traumatic sexual experiences
  • Stress

Finally, your lifestyle choices can cause ED. If you’re a smoker, go heavy on the booze, or engage in illegal drug use, these can all cause ED. Even certain medications, both OTC and prescription, can cause ED.

Myth: Erectile Dysfunction Is A Natural Part Of Aging

Fact: ED Is A Medical Condition That Should Be Treated

Just as you would not leave high blood pressure untreated as you age, ED should not be viewed as “just a part of aging”. 

Myth: You’ll Know If You Have Erectile Dysfunction

Fact: It’s Not So Black And White

Erectile dysfunction is defined as “any issue that consists of the inability to achieve and maintain an erection strong enough for satisfactory sex can be defined as ED”.

This includes libido, achieving and maintaining an erection, and reaching a healthy orgasm.

This is a broad definition and can encompass several symptoms including:

  • Difficulty achieving an erection
  • Less girthy erections
  • A change in the angle of your erection
  • Reduced sensitivity
  • Softer erections
  • Erections that don’t last long enough for satisfactory sex
  • Decrease in length

These symptoms aren’t always noticeable. In fact, your spouse might be the one to notice these symptoms first. If you’re unsure, have the conversation.

Furthermore, since sexual desire is hormonal, you can still get aroused even if you suffer from erectile dysfunction. You might just have trouble achieving and maintaining an erection.

Myth: You Can Cure Erectile Dysfunction Fast

Fact: It Depends On The Severity

Treating erectile dysfunction depends on several factors including…

  • The severity of erectile dysfunction
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Diet 
  • Overall health

Erectile dysfunction is a good picture of your overall health. It involves a complex chain of events that involves your heart, lungs, brain, and other vital systems.  So if your soldier isn’t standing at attention, it could be a warning sign of a more serious condition such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.

Myth: You Can’t Take ED Treatments If You Have High Blood Pressure

Fact: You Can’t Take Some ED Treatments If You Have High Blood Pressure

Certain oral medications such as PDE5 inhibitors (Sildenafil and Tadalafil) work through the vascular system and aren’t usually a good choice for those with high blood pressure. 

Treatment options like PT-141 (which works through the nervous system) and Limitless Wave (a technique that uses Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy)  are a couple of additional treatment options for patients with high blood pressure.

Myth: Herbal Supplements Can Cure ED

Fact: Herbal Supplements Can Actually Cause More Harm Than Good

If you venture into the world of herbal remedies and supplements without consulting your provider first, you’re playing with fire. You don’t always know exactly what you’re getting and you’re also not getting checked for conditions like diabetes and heart disease that could be the cause of your ED.

Myth: Tight Underwear Causes ED

Fact: Tight Underwear Can Cause Infertility

Some studies show that tight underwear can cause reduced fertility. Since sperm are kept at lower temperatures than the rest of the body, tight underwear can heat up the testicles and in turn, your sperm. This can cause fertility issues, but won’t cause ED.

Myth: If I Don’t Always Perform, Then I Must Have ED

Fact: It’s Normal From Time To Time

It’s a myth that men are always ready to have sex. Having trouble getting or maintaining an erection from time to time is completely normal. Anything from anxiety, stress, or even a cold can lower a man’s desire or ability to perform.

Myth: Online Treatment Options Are Safe

Fact: Online Treatment Options Are Best Case Scenario, Not As Effective

Finding treatment options online is easier than over. Search “ED treatments” and you’re flooded with options. In a recent FDA investigation, it showed only about a third of “dietary supplements” sold for ED actually contained prescription drugs for ED. Others contained a variety of other ingredients that had no benefit for ED.

And assuming you do get the right prescription drug, counterfeit drugs are always a risk and you’ll never know what you’re putting into your body. Obtaining treatments directly from your provider is the most effective, safe method.

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation

ED is a condition that affects men of all ages and should be openly addressed. If you (or your partner) suspect you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, schedule an appointment today. It’ll help clarify if there is a larger issue at hand causing your ED and get you on the path to treatment.