Erectile dysfunction is no laughing matter, but because it can often trivialised often due to a sense of embarrassment, it’s not always easy to separate the facts from plenty of fiction.
What is ED?
Put simply, erectile dysfunction or ED is when a man has problems with his erection: mainly getting an erection, getting a firm enough erection for sex, or keeping an erection.
So let’s take a look at some of those ED legends, myths and misconceptions, and uncover the truth behind them.
Myth 1: Old men have ED
Fact: While it is true that ED becomes more common as men age, it’s not true that young men don’t suffer from erection problems as well. In this way, ED is not simply ‘normal’ for older men and something they just have to deal with. Sexual function can become more challenging with age, but many men have active and healthy sex lives well into old age.
Myth 2: ED is not a big deal
Fact: That’s right – it’s no laughing matter. And we’re not just talking about the fact that sex is an important part of life: what underlies ED could actually be serious health issues and erection problems could be a symptom. Some possibilities are diabetes, heart problems, Parkinson’s and hormone imbalances.
So don’t be embarrassed or think it’s something you need to live with: if you suffer from ED, get it checked out.
Myth 3: ED really is a big deal!
Fact: If you’re having erection problems, you could fear you will never have enjoyable sex again. But sex is more than just intercourse, and never forget that – just like thousands upon thousands of health niggles and issues – it’s probably easily resolved. So don’t delay and get your erectile dysfunction in Sydney dealt with.
Myth 4: The only ‘fix’ is Viagra
Fact: Actually, there are several common oral medications that help with erectile dysfunction and getting blood flow to the penis – but they can have side effects including headaches, vision problems, muscle pain and more. So there are alternatives, including injections, vacuum pumps, blood vessel surgery and even penile implants.
Myth 5: There’s nothing else you can do about it
Fact: If you suffer from ED and there are no underlying health problems, that still doesn’t mean you have to learn to live with it. It has been shown that quitting smoking, reducing drinking, losing weight, exercising and eating better are all good for you and your erectile performance.
Myth 6: It’s in your head
Fact: It’s true that sexual arousal for men is a complex interplay between the brain, mind, emotions, nerves, muscles, blood vessels and hormones – so any broken link in the chain can be the problem. It’s also true that mental health issues and stress can play a big role, but the most common causes are in fact physical ones.
Myth 7: It only affects men
Fact: Again, it’s true that only the man himself can have a problem with his erection, that’s not to say it doesn’t affect the others around him, too. ED can affect the psychological, emotional and sexual health of his partner. And if untreated, the man can become so affected that entire family units can break down.
Myth 8: It’s the partner’s fault
Fact: This is another myth that simply must be busted: the cause of ED simply has nothing to do with his partner. Even if the partner may no longer be as young as when they first met, ED usually has very little to do with how attracted he is. It is almost certainly due to an underlying physical problem, anxiety or something else that can be effectively treated.
Myth 9: I don’t have to worry about ED
Fact: Even if you’ve never suffered from erectile dysfunction at all, you may be surprised at how common it really is. About one in seven men suffer from it, across the spectrum of ages and professions. So don’t be so smug about it, look after your health and regard ED as a serious issue for millions of men just like you.
When it comes to Erectile Dysfunction or any urological issue for that matter, always seek the professional advice of a qualified urologist. Contact Katelaris Urology with your enquiry or seek a second opinion.