Erectile dysfunction occurs when a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction affects millions of men every year in the United States. There is surely no shortage of information on the internet and a lot of it is false.
Myth #1: Erectile dysfunction only affects older men
Fact: American Journal of Medicine published a study showing 15% of men ages between 20 and 39 have difficulty maintaining an erection.
Myth #2: You have erectile dysfunction if you struggle to get an erection once or twice
Fact: Being stressed from a rouch week at your job or drinking too much alcohol can cause a temporary issue. However, if you experience bad erection symptoms for more than 3 months, you should see an ED specialist.
Myth #3: There is something wrong with just the penis
Fact: Erectile dysfunction also occurs due to underlying pathologies or side effects from a medication. Such pathologies include the following:
• High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
• High Cholesterol
• Prostate Issues
• Thyroid Disease
• Kidney Disease
• Chronic Alcoholism
• Multiple Sclerosis
Myth #4: Bad habits don’t affect the penis
Fact: Certain daily habits can contribute to developing erectile dysfunction.
Myth #5: If Viagra doesn’t work for you then there are no other options
Fact: You do have other options such as Alprostadil, an injectable medication that works by relaxing the penis muscle which helps boost blood flow to the penis. This might sound painful but many patients say it doesn’t hurt as much as they feared.
If you suspect you might be suffering from erectile dysfunction, don’t wait to contact an ED specialist! He or she will carefully test and diagnose your specific concerns before establishing a program that can treat your issue.