10 myths about erectile dysfunction, debunked and explained
Erectile dysfunction, or the inability to achieve and maintain an erection, is a problem that is far more common than discussed.
During their lifetime, most men experience some erection problems, which can negatively affect their self-confidence and relationships.
Earlier, it was considered that emotional problems were the only cause of erectile dysfunction, but recent medical research has shown that the causes can be physical or physiological in nature.
Precisely because this is one of the taboo topics among people, there are numerous misunderstandings and myths about how it looks, how it originates and how it is treated.
That is why we reveal the 10 most common myths about erectile dysfunction.
Myth: Erectile dysfunction is an integral part of the aging process
Truth: While it is true that erectile dysfunction affects older men far more often than younger men, it is not an integral part of the normal aging process.
Erectile dysfunction is a health problem and can affect a man’s complete health, no matter how old he is.
In addition, it can be a sign or consequence of other, hidden health problems. As such, it should be treated, regardless of whether it occurred in a man who is 20 or 90 years old.
Myth: Erectile dysfunction only affects men
Truth: Erectile dysfunction, or its effects, affect both partners.
It can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem and depression.
Because of it, partnerships often suffer, especially if there are other, unresolved problems: for example, if one of the partners feels unloved and is considered guilty of problems in sexual life.
When it affects self-confidence, it can lead not only to problems in partner, but also in other social relationships – at work, in the family, with friends.
Myth: Wearing tight underwear leads to erectile dysfunction
Truth: Wearing tight underwear is associated with male infertility because such underwear raises testicular temperature and thus sabotages sperm production.
But there is still no valid medical research that clearly indicates the connection between wearing tight underwear and erectile dysfunction.
Myth: Erectile dysfunction occurs due to problems in a relationship
Truth: Relationship problems, that is – in a relationship can contribute to a reduced desire for sex; but, most causes of erectile dysfunction are physiological, not psychological.
On the other hand, untreated erectile dysfunction can contribute to further complicating relationship problems, which is just another reason to approach this problem seriously and responsibly.
Myth: Erectile dysfunction only affects older men
Truth: Erectile dysfunction is more common in older men, but the fact is that it can occur at any age or reproductively active age of men.
Certain medical problems, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, can increase the risk of getting erectile dysfunction.
Smoking is also one of the risk factors, as is the use of certain medications.
Myth: Drugs like Viagra are the only way to treat erectile dysfunction
Truth: Changes in life habits, such as achieving and maintaining optimal body weight and quitting smoking, are recommended for patients with erectile dysfunction rather than medication.
Identifying and treating the physical problems underlying erectile dysfunction should be the first line of defense against this problem.
Medications help many men, but there are also those who, due to health reasons, cannot take them.
Myth: Men with erectile dysfunction have no sexual desire
Truth: Hormones are responsible for regulating sexual desire, and they are not usually affected by erectile dysfunction.
But on a psychological level, men who struggle with erectile dysfunction can develop fear of sexual intercourse and avoid it, because they are afraid that they will not be able to achieve and maintain an erection.
However, erectile dysfunction has no direct effect on sexual desire.
Myth: Every erection problem is a symptom of erectile dysfunction
Truth: Despite popular belief, men can’t always have sex.
Fatigue, stress, personal problems, anxiety, worry, and other factors can affect a man’s willingness to engage in sexual intercourse.
In addition, just like women, men are sometimes simply “not in the mood” for sex.
The belief that men are constantly up to sex actually contributes to the problem, by creating pressure that one must constantly be on standby for the same and that in doing so must show enviable performance.
Myth: Erectile dysfunction is not dangerous, it is just someone’s personal problem
Truth: While it is true that in a significant number of cases erectile dysfunction is not dangerous, it can indicate a major health problem that can be fatal, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
That is why going to the doctor is necessary – in order to identify the right samples and treat the disease on all fronts where it is necessary.
Myth: I can treat erectile dysfunction with herbal preparations and I don’t have to go to the doctor
Truth: Today, there is no scientific evidence that herbal remedies can cure erectile dysfunction.
In addition, most of these preparations are not regulated by the health and pharmacological institutions in whose jurisdiction it is, which means that they can be potentially dangerous.
In addition, they can affect the current therapy and lead to side effects. Therefore, it is necessary to consult a doctor when it comes to taking herbal preparations.
Erectile dysfunction is a problem that, although not pleasant, can be successfully treated in most cases.
For that, medical help is necessary.
It is recommended that, if one in four sexual acts is disturbed by erection problems, it is necessary to seek the advice and opinion of a doctor, in order to identify and treat the problem in time.