Erectile dysfunction is a difficult topic for men to talk about and therefore, there are several misconceptions that exist about it.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection. Most men experience difficulty at some time in their life but for some it is a repeated problem. Because it is a difficult topic for men to talk about, there are several misconceptions that still exist about erectile dysfunction. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is more common in older men, but it does not need to be part of the normal ageing process. The condition can affect a man’s overall feeling of well-being, but it has little to do with growing age. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: Personal problems, stress and fatigue can affect a man's ability to have sex or more precisely, get an erection. There are days when men are just "not in the mood". Trouble in having an erection does not always suggest erectile dysfunction. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: A lack of attraction or even some trouble in the relationship can contribute to erectile dysfunction, but the majority of erectile dysfunction is physiological. The condition starts with a biological reason, and then leads to confidence issues, avoiding sex, fear of failure, and finally avoiding the partner. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: Libido is hormonal and is not impacted by sex problems including erectile dysfunction. Those with the condition avoid having sexual intercourse or fear it because they are afraid they will not be able to have an erection. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: Oral medications are not the first line of treatment for erectile dysfunction. Moreover, they don’t work for everyone but are prescribed to improve blood flow to the penis and have sucessful erection. Doctors recommend healthy lifestyle changes and psychotherapy. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: As of now, there is no conclusive study to back herbal supplements' efficacy in treating erectile dysfunction. The use of herbal supplements can also interfere with your current medication, causing unwanted side-effects. Always speak with your doctor before taking herbal supplements. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: There has been no scientific evidence that links erectile dysfunction with infertility as it can increase the temperature of the testicles, but there is no conclusive evidence to suggest an association between tight underwear and erectile dysfunction. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: Cycling is linked to a higher risk of erectile dysfunction. According to a study at the University of California, riding a bike can cause damage by crushing endothelial cells which may lead to the condition. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: There are several options for treating erectile dysfunction. These include oral medications and drugs that are injected directly into the penis or inserted into the urethra. Lifestyle changes and psychotherapy can significantly improve your sexual potency and help your erection problems. You may not have to take pills for the rest of the life. (Image source:Gettyimages)
Fact: Erectile dysfunction isn’t necessarily dangerous, but is one of the warning signs of other underlying health conditions that can be quite serious. ED can lead to serious health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and Parkinson’s disease. (Image source:Gettyimages)
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