10 Myths about Erectile Dysfunction

ed mythsWhether you’re 20 or 70, experiencing erectile dysfunction can shock you into believing that your sex life is doomed forever. But this is only a myth, and it’s just one of many that surround this sensitive subject. So rather than believing old wives’ tales and answers you’ve read on Yahoo, find out the truth about 10 of these myths.

1) Erectile Dysfunction Is Just Something Old People Get

Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be more common in older men, but that doesn’t mean that it never affects the young. But developing ED doesn’t mean that you’re ageing prematurely, in fact there are many reasons ED occurs and it can frequently be down to lifestyle choices.

It can be caused by:

  • Excess alcohol
  • Drug use
  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Smoking

But the good news is that with a few simple changes to your habits it’s often reversible.

2) Failure to Launch Means There’s a Lack of Attraction

One of the biggest errors when it comes to ED is assuming that just because the parts aren’t functioning correctly that the feelings have also gone. I’m sure many men will attest to the fact that they still feel aroused, but sadly their lower regions refuse to co-operate; nerve signals can get blocked, blood flow can be restricted and hormone levels can sometimes become unbalanced.

It can often be a good idea to reassure your partner that it’s not them and it’s not you – it’s just your penis.

3) It’s All in the Mind

For much of the 1960s and 1970s the majority of cases of ED were believed to have a psychological origin, but in recent years this viewpoint has turned 180° and most cases have now been shown to have an underlying physical cause. Even psychological ED often begins with a physical impediment, with repeated failures to achieve an erection then resulting in a psychological condition developing. So while it’s true that it can sometimes be psychological, it’s a myth that this is always the case.

4) Erectile Dysfunction Only Affects Men

The psychological effect of ED on sufferers is often studied, but a lesser studied phenomenon is the effect it has on their partners. But men aren’t the only ones with a sex drive and it can often be equally frustrating for both genders.  The worst thing you can do if you begin to develop ED is to ignore the problem. Instead, discuss it with your partner and agree to get it checked out.

5) It’s Not Worth Mentioning to the Doctor

ED is a common condition in older men, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth discussing. It can sometimes be a sign of an underlying health condition, so it’s always best to get it checked out. Even if your doctor rules out any other condition, they’ll be able to recommend the best course of action and give you advice on helping to get your life back to normal.

6) Herbal Remedies are an Effective Treatment

The internet is full of “miracle” cures for every ailment and ED is no exception. But it’s important to note that no herbal remedy has ever been proven to be successful at treating ED and some could potentially make it worse. Always talk to a doctor before purchasing medication and they’ll be able to point you in the direction of what should be most effective for you.

7) It’s Just Down to a Lack of Testosterone

While it’s true that a lack of testosterone can sometimes be a factor, it’s not the only reason ED occurs. Erections are dependent on receiving signals from the brain, so if there’s a problem with your nervous system and these signals aren’t passed between along the chain effectively, then the end result never occurs. Similarly, if blood is prevented from flowing into the penis an erection won’t happen. Some cases may also have a psychological origin rather than a physical one.

8) Diagnosis Takes Ages

Initial diagnosis of ED usually only requires a brief discussion with a doctor about your symptoms, sexual history and lifestyle and occasionally a physical examination of your penis to establish if the cause may be anatomical. Any further tests simply help to determine the cause.

9) It Can be Caused By Excessive Masturbation

Despite many old wives tales to the contrary, excessive masturbation has never been linked to an increased chance of developing ED. But before you get too excited it’s important to note that research has suggested that excessive porn use can have a psychological effect. If you choose to masturbate to increasingly graphic porn, you may find that the addiction numbs your body to normal sensations. If you believe this may have happened to you, stop masturbating for a few weeks and avoid watching porn. You sex life should slowly and surely return to normal.

10) Viagra is the Only Cure

Viagra may be the most popular treatment for ED, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the only one. So if you haven’t found Viagra effective (or you can’t take it due to medical reasons,) there are several other treatments you can try. Levitra and Cialis are two other medications that work in a similar way to viagra, but they are more compatible with certain health conditions and can last for longer periods of time. If you don’t find pills effective you can also try vacuum pumps or the alprostadil injection which can produce as erection in under five minutes. There also several treatment options if the problem is believed to be psychological.

So in spite of the myths, erectile dysfunction isn’t all that big and scary – in fact it’s usually very treatable. However, just because it’s a common condition doesn’t mean that it should be diagnosed at home. Always talk to a doctor before ordering medications to treat erectile dysfunction and they’ll be able to recommend the best treatment for you and help to rule out any underlying health conditions.