In the United States alone, erectile dysfunction affects roughly 18 million men. That’s a staggering figure any way you look at it. And for most of those 18 million men, not only is ED physiologically debilitating, it’s also mentally and emotionally draining.
For those struggling with ED, misinformation and disinformation are common ways they’re led astray. And, in today’s world, with endless information at our fingertips, it’s easy to pick up a tip or an online anecdote that’s meant to stir up fear by leveraging erroneous facts.
The truth is that ED is a complex issue that not only involves the physical body, but also the mind and the central nervous system as well. For example, a simple bout of performance anxiety could lead to ED. Other stressors could easily do so as well.
Just because you experienced erectile dysfunction once, or even several times, it doesn’t mean that you’ll continue to experience it. However, if the situation lasts for many months or even longer, it could be the sign of a larger problem.
Yet, that knowledge is often not enough for men who are plagued by ED. And the truth is that it can be difficult to know where to turn for accurate information. As a result, there are numerous health myths associated with ED. Some of this includes unsound medical advice that could do more harm than good.
1. Erectile Dysfunction Only Affects Older Men
Mild and moderate ED affects around 10% of men for each decade they live. This means 50% of men in the 50-60 age range will experience it, while 60% in their 60s do, and so forth.
However, contrary to popular belief, erectile dysfunction is not more common the older you get. It is not a condition earmarked for a certain season of life. And, you shouldn’t expect it to be more common the older that you get.
The fact remains that younger men are still susceptible to ED. In fact, a recent study revealed that one patient out of four with newly diagnosed ED is a young man under the age of 40.
Why is this the case?
There are myriad factors, but chief among them is the fact that both hormonal imbalances and depression can cause ED. Especially prevalent in younger men, these conditions, which can alter brain chemistry, also affect sexual performance.
Then, there’s the desensitizing effect that viewing pornography can have on younger men, as well. Research into this claim continues, but there is evidence that this material can trigger anxiety in younger men during sex, leading to erectile dysfunction at 20 or even earlier.
2. Low Testosterone is Always to Blame
At the onset, it makes sense to draw the link between low testosterone and increased likelihood of erectile dysfunction. After all, if testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, wouldn’t a deficiency of it cause ED?
It is this type of thinking that gives ED its stigma as an emasculating condition. In turn, this false perception perpetuates shame and guilt, leading many sufferers to avoid seeking treatment altogether.
Yet, in reality, although low testosterone levels can sometimes lead to ED, they aren’t the only root cause. In fact, most men with these diminished hormonal levels are often still able to achieve an erection, though their libido may be lower.
What does cause ED?
Most often, it’s a condition known as atherosclerosis, which is a hardening and narrowing of the arteries. It restricts blood flow to the tiny blood vessels in the penis, prohibiting a firm erection. Other physical causes include heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes, among others.
3. It’s All Mental
Those who are outside of the realm of ED may not fully understand it. As such, they can be quick to classify it as a mental hurdle that men should jump over.
Again, most forms of ED stem from physical conditions that prevent blood from flowing properly to the penis. Or, you may experience it while taking certain medications such as beta-blockers, diuretics, corticosteroids or antihistamines.
That said, there are certain emotional tensions and mood disorders that can exacerbate ED symptoms. For instance, heightened stress levels, depression, anxiety or sex-related emotional trauma can make it more difficult to achieve an erection.
Regardless of whether your ED is physical or psychological in nature, it’s still important to consult a medical professional about your concerns. Believing claims that it’s all in your head or that you can think your way through it can only worsen the condition.
4. Holistic Supplements Can Cure It
While it would be ideal to take a few herbs and eliminate all traces of ED, that’s unfortunately not how it works.
Yet, given that the condition is often met with unwarranted judgment, many men resort to buying so-called holistic remedies, usually off the internet, in an attempt to take care of the issue themselves.
These supplements, most of which include some amount of ginseng, L-arginine or yohimbine, may generate some short-term results, but they’re far from valid, permanent treatments.
So far, the research to back up their healing claims just isn’t there. Moreover, extended ingestion of these herbs can lead to raised blood pressure and raised heart rate as well as nausea, dizziness and sleeplessness.
As they don’t require a prescription, these dietary supplements are largely unregulated, meaning there could be dangerous confusion around how and when to take them.
Currently, the primary medications used to combat ED are Sildenafil and Tadalafil. This works by temporarily increasing the blood flow to your penis, allowing you to achieve an erection when you’re sexually aroused.
5. Results Always Happen Immediately
Once you’ve made the decision to reach out and try a prescription medication such as Sildenafil for your ED, you may be disheartened to find that it doesn’t work 100% the very first time.
You may want to throw in the towel altogether, believing the myth that if it doesn’t work once, it never will.
Keep in mind that doctors often recommend that these prescription medications are tried at least six to eight times before tweaking a regimen or upping a dosage. While it’s true that most men will respond after a dose or two, it might take you the full eight before a response occurs, and that’s perfectly normal.
Why? There are a few factors that can contribute to the tablet’s efficacy. These include:
- How much food you’ve eaten
- Amount of alcohol you’ve consumed
- How long you’ve waited to attempt sex
- Your level of sexual arousal
For your ED medication to work correctly, all of these conditions have to be optimal. Don’t throw them away after one failed attempt. Keep at it and speak to your doctor if you still have concerns after the requisite eight tries.
Debunking Health Myths and Setting Yourself Free
When you’re searching for answers, almost anything can seem like a solution.
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