Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a common issue that affects up to 30 million American men.

But talking about erectile dysfunction (ED) and sexual performance problems can be difficult and uncomfortable, especially for men. 

Here are some of the myths and misconceptions about the causes and effects of ED, and how to get help and successful treatment.

Myth 1: Erectile dysfunction is a natural part of the aging process

One of the most common myths about ED is that it’s a normal and inevitable part of the aging process. 

ED can affect over half of adult men at some point in time, and as many as 40% of men in their 40s report problems with ED. The numbers do get higher with age, with 70% of men in their 70s reporting issues with erectile dysfunction. 

The risk of ED grows with age, but it’s not inevitable, and many men enjoy active and healthy sex lives in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond. 

Myth 2: ED only affects older men

ED can, and does, affect men of all ages. According to  one study, 26% of men under the age of 40 experience ED. While it’s less common in younger men, there are a number of possibilities that can lead to erectile dysfunction, and younger men are not immune.

Whatever the case, it’s important to understand that ED is not considered “normal,” even in older men, so you should seek treatment if you’re experiencing symptoms or have concerns about your sexual health at any age.

Myth 3: ED is caused by physical problems

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough to have intercourse. There are many things that can affect an erection, including:

Emotional and mental health play an important role in sexual health. Sexual performance issues can lead to stress and depression, which may actually make the problem worse.

Myth 4: Medication is the only way to treat ED

ED medication can be very effective in treating and managing ED symptoms, depending on the underlying causes. ED can also be a sign of low testosterone, secondary health problems, or lifestyle issues, which may require additional or different courses of treatment. 

Understanding the underlying causes of ED is the first step in finding the best treatment options for your sexual and overall health and well-being.

Find out what you can do about your ED

For more information about the causes, risk factors, and treatment options for ED, contact us today to learn more. We can schedule an appointment for you at our office in West Palm Beach, Florida, so you can get the treatment you need.

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