Erectile Dysfunction – Myth Versus Fact


Posted on: 21 November 2017 by Adita Singh

There are many myths surrounding erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence) is frustrating and can cause distress. The term describes a man’s inability to get and keep an erection for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can affect anyone at any time and is relatively common. It can be brought on by being tired, worried or drinking too much booze and if it’s only an occasional occurrence, there’s no real cause for concern. If ED is a reoccurring, longer term problem then it’s important to seek medical advice. Doctors are used to discussing private matters, so there’s absolutely no need for embarrassment. Persistent problem relating to ED are usually caused by an emotional or physical problem and your GP will be able to offer support.

There are many myths surrounding erectile dysfunction, despite it being a commonplace condition it still attracts a level of awkwardness that means it’s not a topic that’s hotly discussed. Let’s look at some of these falsehoods and understand the true facts surrounding erectile dysfunction:

Erectile Dysfunction Is Part of The Ageing Process

It is relatively usual for older males to experience ED, but just because your hair is greying and you move a little slower, it doesn’t mean you are automatically going to become impotent! People still enjoy a fruitful sex life well into their twilight years. Although the condition is more common in the more mature man, younger males can also fall prey to it. Occasional ED is common, too many beers can affect sexual performance, as can having a stressful time at work. Long term issues at any age indicate it’s time to pay a visit to your GP.

Only Men are Affected by Erectile Dysfunction

There is no doubt that erectile dysfunction affects men – it can dent self-esteem and lead to feelings of incompetence and hopelessness. But the condition effects both partners. The partner can start to feel that they have somehow contributed to the problem and may feel unloved. If the issue isn’t discussed it can cause resentment on both sides. ED is not an easy topic to have a heart-to-heart about, but it’s essential that the issue is not hidden away. Problems in the bedroom can lead to tension in other areas of your life.

Erectile Dysfunction is Caused by Wearing Tight Pants

Wearing tight undies does make your nether regions warmer, that’s for sure. An increase in the temperature of the testicles has been linked to ED, however there is no definitive evidence that medically proves tight pants are a cause of ED.

Erectile Dysfunction is Caused by Psychological Problems, Not Physical Ones

ED can be caused by psychological issues such as anxiety and stress, but can also be brought on by medical conditions. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and kidney disease are all conditions that can contribute to ED. It’s also true that smoking can be a contributing factor.

You Can Only Cure ED by Taking Medication

There are many ways you can alleviate ED. If you’re a smoker it’s time to say goodbye to those cigarettes and if you are overweight, shedding a few pounds can help. Changing your way of life might not completely solve the issue, but it’s a good start. Medication can help the situation, but don’t look for tonics and potions on the internet, seek medical expertise from a professional.

Men Experiencing ED Have No Sexual Urges

The urge is still strong, men who cannot maintain an erection aren’t devoid of sexual feelings. They may be concerned about instigating intercourse or sexual contact because their penis doesn’t rise to the occasion. Men experiencing ED still think about sex and have the same desire as other males.

Occasional Erection Problems Are a Sign of ED

The penis doesn’t always perform on command, after a stressful day at work, or too many alcoholic beverages, it may choose not to jump to attention. Contrary to popular opinion, men aren’t always “up for it,” and are just as likely as a woman to have days when they are simply not in the mood.

I Don’t Need to Bother My GP with my Erectile Dysfunction Issue

ED isn’t necessarily something to worry about, but if your erection problems have been happening for a while and are consistent, it’s worth going to talk to your GP.

ED can be a sign of underlying health problems such as high blood pressure or heart problems, so it’s important to get checked out, your GP can also provide advice about treatment for your ED.

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Adita Singh

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