Erectile dysfunction is a topic that can be surrounded by false information. Below are some myths and facts about ED that will answer all your questions for you.
Myth: ED is just a part of growing older.
Fact: This is not true. More than 18 million men in the United States over 20 are affected by erectile dysfunction, so it is not just something that older men have to deal with. Erectile dysfunction is a medical ailment, so there is no need to accept reduced sexual desire, premature ejaculation, and the inability to get and/or keep an erection as something you have no control over as you age.
Myth: If I have erectile dysfunction, it must have something to do with my partner.
Fact: This is absolutely not true. There are many biological causes of ED in men, including both physical and psychological factors that have nothing to do with your partner. Some psychological causes of ED include high levels of stress, anxiety because of lack of performance, and depression. Alone, these psychological causes estimate to be responsible for 10 to 20% of all erectile dysfunction cases.
Some physical causes of ED include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, sleep disorders, high cholesterol, and alcohol and drug use.
Myth: Viagra is the only method of erectile dysfunction treatment.
Fact: While it is true that over 20 million men all over the world have used Viagra to treat their ED, there are other methods and remedies available.
Medicines: If Viagra is not for you, there are three other oral medications you can choose from, Cialis: Levitra, and Stendra.
Surgeries: You can choose from different surgeries to help treat your erectile dysfunction including penile pumps and blood vessel surgeries. In addition, if your case deems it appropriate then you can get a penile implant.
Lifestyle Changes: In order for everything to work properly, doctors will recommend that you quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, visit a therapist for any mental health problems you may be suffering from, and get treatment for any substance abuse problem.
If you think you have erectile dysfunction or would like to talk to a doctor about different treatment options, contact our health care experts at Live Well Men’s Clinic today.