Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

Did you know that more than half of all the men in America will experience erectile dysfunction, or ED, in their lifetime? With so many men affected, there’s no shortage of information out there about this condition. But much of what you read online or hear from friends simply isn’t true. 

To make things worse, following bad health advice about erectile dysfunction can exacerbate the condition or stop men from seeking medical advice. In fact, an incredible 75% of men with erectile dysfunction don’t get the treatment they need. 

At Woodstock Family Practice & Urgent Care in Woodstock, Georgia, we’re committed to helping you protect, improve, and maintain your health, including health concerns specific to men. James Y. Lee, DO, and our compassionate care team understand the problems confusing information about erectile dysfunction can bring. 

To help you separate truth from fiction when it comes to men’s health, we’ve put together information and a list of the top five myths and facts about erectile dysfunction. Read on to learn more!

Myth: I don’t have to worry about ED until I’m over 70

Fact: Your sexual stamina does change over time. But while ED does affect more men over the age of 70, younger men aren’t immune. About one out of every four ED patients are under 40, and about 15% of men in their 20s report struggling with ED. 

Myth: A problem in my penis is the cause of my ED

Fact: Men develop ED for many reasons, including advancing age as well as physical and psychological causes. For example, conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can trigger ED, as can depression and anxiety. In addition, habits that are bad for your overall health, like smoking and illicit drug use, can also trigger ED. 

Myth: If I have trouble in the bedroom, I must have ED

Fact: It’s a myth than men are always able to have sex. Having trouble getting or maintaining an erection from time to time is normal. Just like with women, being under the weather, fatigue, anxiety, stress, and many other issues can affect a man’s ability or desire to have sex. If you have trouble achieving or maintaining an erection frequently, however, talk with Dr. Lee about your symptoms.

Myth: Taking a testosterone supplement will cure my ED 

Fact: Testosterone will only help patients who have low testosterone levels, so it’s important to have your testosterone levels checked if you think you may have ED. Even if it turns out your testosterone levels are low, restoring them to the normal range may not be enough to eradicate ED. You still may need other ED treatments, which is why it’s important to talk to your doctor about any erectile problems.

Myth: Having ED must mean I’m not attracted to my partner

Fact: Not being sexually attracted to your partner might make it more difficult to get and sustain an erection, but this doesn’t typically cause ED. It’s more likely your ED has roots elsewhere, such as a physical or emotional disorder. 

What’s more? ED often causes feelings of frustration and inadequacy, which can lead to low self-esteem. If left untreated, it can cause depression, anger, and even aggression which can negatively impact your relationship with your partner.  

Ready to learn more about erectile dysfunction?

At Woodstock Family Practice & Urgent Care, we take pride in understanding the unique health concerns of men, including ED and other sexual health concerns. If you’re struggling with ED and want to learn more about treatment options, contact our office or book an appointment online today.   

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