What not to do if you have ED

erectile-dysfunctionIt’s a well-known fact by now that there is treatment for ED. Depending on the cause it can be addressed through medicine, lifestyle changes and psychological counselling. We know that it is important to visit your GP if you experience ANY changes in your ability to achieve an erection, but what shouldn’t you do?

DON’T: Stop talking to your partner

Being unable to achieve or maintain an erection naturally causes feelings of frustration, anxiety, embarrassment or anger. But don’t forget that your partner is also experiencing a range of emotions, and in order to address the condition you have to communicate and work through it together.

DON’T: Blame it on your age

ED is more common in men over 40, but that doesn’t mean it’s a natural part of aging. ED is often related to illnesses such as diabetes, and poor lifestyle habits like smoking and lack of exercise. Also, don’t assume that it only happens to older men – men of any age can have problems getting an erection.

DON’T: Fall victim to erectile dysfunction myths

Erectile dysfunction is not a sign that you are not attracted to your partner, that you’ll have to buy Viagra forever, or that your testosterone levels are low. These and other myths can just serve to cause you more anxiety and distract you from the medical attention you need.

DON’T: Search for snake oil cures on the internet

Alternative treatments like Asian ginseng and gingko biloba will pop up when you do a simple Google search for ED treatments, but they aren’t regulated. Not enough research has been done to determine if they are safe. Furthermore, it is important to treat the underlying cause of your ED instead of just masking the symptoms.