Erectile dysfunction can be difficult to talk about in any situation. Some people feel uncomfortable talking to their own doctors about it, let alone their partners and friends.
Because it’s such a sensitive subject, there’s a lot of misinformation about the topic. Believing erectile dysfunction myths can lead to a lot of problems.
Some men may be trying to treat the problem in the wrong way. Others may wrongfully assume that they’re the only one with this problem when it’s surprisingly common.
We’re here to separate fact from fiction so you can get the clarity you need to adequately treat the problem. If you want to know the truth about erection problems, read on to learn more.
Top 8 Erectile Dysfunction Myths
Misinformation is a big problem in today’s society. When you have the wrong information about erectile dysfunction, you could cause some serious harm to yourself or your loved one.
People have been trying to deal with erectile dysfunction for centuries. But despite its prevalence, some people are still in the dark about the truth of the problem.
The next time you’re thinking about what could be causing your erection problems, make sure that you remember that these “common facts” are fiction.
1. If You Can Get an Erection, You Don’t Have Erectile Dysfunction
You may have problems when you’re with your partner, but you still get the occasional erection in the morning and can masturbate from time to time.
That means you can’t possibly have erectile dysfunction, right?
This may come as a surprise, but erectile dysfunction isn’t the complete absence of all erections.
Erectile dysfunction, by definition, is the inability to achieve or even maintain an erection necessary or satisfying enough to have sex.
Some men may be able to get an erection for a little bit but could lose it after a few minutes. Others may get a slight erection, but may not be hard enough for intercourse
When you keep in mind that erection dysfunction isn’t the 100% loss of an erection, treating it gets a lot easier. Once you understand that it can take on many forms, you can start looking for the help you need.
2. If You Can’t Get Erect During Sex Once, You Have Erectile Dysfunction
When you have a night where you can’t perform, it’s easy for your mind to easily jump to ED. Losing the ability to maintain an erection can be embarrassing, but it certainly doesn’t mean that you have permanent erection problems.
Let’s be honest, the penis isn’t a machine. You can’t expect to get erect at the drop of a hat. A lot of things are going to affect your ability to perform.
You may have drunk too much at happy hour and could have trouble having sex later on that night. Work may have been stressful and you can’t concentrate. Or you may simply not truly be in the mood for sex.
A few misses aren’t anything to be worried about. A persistent problem with maintaining erections could warrant a visit from the doctor.
If you have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection for 3 months or longer, it could be time to talk to a doctor.
3. Masturbation Causes Erectile Dysfunction
This is a very common myth, mainly because there is a slight kernel of truth to it.
Before we dive into this, it’s important to state that simply masturbating isn’t enough to cause erectile dysfunction. Masturbation is a very normal and healthy activity, and it could help you learn more about how you like to be touched.
Masturbation itself isn’t enough to cause erectile dysfunction, but it is possible to accidentally condition yourself to expect certain sensations during sex.
If you’re used to orgasming with your hand or a toy, it may be a little more difficult to maintain an erection and orgasm through sexual intercourse. But that doesn’t mean that you have erectile dysfunction.
It’s very rare for masturbation to be the sole cause of erectile dysfunction. People that are worried about their masturbation habits affecting their sex life should consider taking a break for a bit to see if that helps their problem.
4. Erectile Dysfunction is Inevitable with Age
When you start to get older and notice the frequency and strength of your erections decrease, it can be easy to simply shrug it off and chalk it up to age.
Your body may slow down a little as you age, but you don’t mysteriously lose the ability to maintain an erection once you hit middle age.
The truth? Roughly 5% of men over the age of 40 year have erectile dysfunction. By the age of 70 years old? That number rises to roughly 15% of men.
Your levels of sexual desire may change, and other factors in life could slightly affect your ability to achieve an erection. But as you can see, erectile dysfunction isn’t a fate that every man is forced to deal with.
In fact, while we’re on the topic of age, let’s deal with another common erectile dysfunction myth…
5. Young Men Never Get Erectile Dysfunction
We want to do what we can to erase this myth from everyone’s minds. A lot of young men can feel pressure to perform, and when they can’t, they immediately think that there’s something wrong with them.
Like we said before, there are a lot of things that can affect your ability to perform sexually. Being unable to maintain an erection once or twice doesn’t mean that you have a problem getting erections.
The occasional inability to perform can happen, but it’s also important to state that erectile dysfunction can happen at any age.
It is possible for young and healthy men to have problems maintaining their erection. If you’re young and struggle to maintain an erection, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about it.
6. You Are/Your Partner Is the Cause of Your Erectile Dysfunction
This may be one of the most damaging misconceptions people have about erectile dysfunction.
Your partner may start to feel like they aren’t attractive enough for you. It’s even possible that you may blame your partner for your lack of erections, and could start to think about cheating.
It’s important to not view erectile dysfunction as anybody’s “fault” if you want to treat it properly. This includes you viewing yourself as the problem. Sometimes these problems just occur and nobody is to blame.
7. Testosterone Can Help Any Erectile Dysfunction Problem
It seems like testosterone has become the catch-all cure for any health problems a man can experience. But the truth is that it’s very rare for men to need more testosterone unless they have a significant deficiency.
In fact, taking testosterone when you don’t need it can lead to a variety of health problems.
Before you even consider taking testosterone, you need to get your testosterone levels tested by a doctor.
A level of about 300ng/dl or below is typically considered a low level, and men with those levels could benefit from additional testosterone. If you aren’t in that range, you shouldn’t try to fix your erectile dysfunction with testosterone.
8. Erectile Dysfunction is a Penile Problem
If you’re having problems maintaining an erection, you may think that there’s something wrong with your penis. The truth is that your penis could be fine, but there could be other underlying medical issues.
Did you know that certain chronic circulation conditions could affect your ability to maintain a strong erection? High blood pressure and high cholesterol could cause damage to your blood vessels and affect blood flow to your penis.
It’s possible that you may not be currently diagnosed with a circulation problem, but your erectile dysfunction could be a sign of what’s to come.
Remember, the blood vessels that supply blood to your erection are only one to two millimeters in diameter. Your heart is twice that size, so it’s possible that your erection could suffer before your heart does.
Don’t think that erectile problems are automatically related to your blood or heart. Erectile dysfunction could be a side effect of diabetes, low testosterone, clinical depression, or anxiety.
This is why it’s important for people to talk to their doctors when they suspect that they could have erectile dysfunction. Your penis could be trying to tell you that you have a serious health problem!
Improve Your Love Life Today
There are a lot of erectile dysfunction myths people believe. It’s only after you see the truth about it that you can start getting the help you need to overcome the problem.
Since we spent some time on myths around erectile problems, let’s focus on how you can get your strong erections back.
Do you want to know how you can get an erection and keep it? Check out our post on the topic and learn how you can start getting and maintaining strong erections again.
And remember, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about erectile dysfunction and male health you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us so we can give you the answers and clarity you need.