Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, affects men of all ages – often leading to low self-esteem and strained relationships. Most men experience difficulty with this at some time in their life, but for some men, the problem is ongoing, causing a lot of problems in their relationships.
If you’re one of these men, or your partner suffers from ED, we’ve put together a few myths and facts in hopes they help you and realise that you are not alone.
Myth: Only older men suffer ED
Fact: ED is may be more common in older men, but men of any age can develop erectile problems. Certain medical conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, or heart disease may increase a man’s risk of developing ED. Smoking has also been found to be a risk factor.
Myth: ED isn’t dangerous
Fact: ED itself is not dangerous but it could be a warning of underlying health issues that can be serious, such as diabetes, heart problems such as hypertension (high blood pressure) as well as hormone imbalances.
Myth: ED means you’re not attracted to your partner
Fact: Sexual desire is hormonal, and ED does not necessarily affect it. Some men with ED may fear sex or avoid intercourse because they are afraid they will not be able to have an erection, but ED does not directly impact sexual desire.
Myth: You can’t treat ED
Fact: There are many effective options for treating ED. However, lifestyle changes may help improve your sexual potency such as not smoking, leading a healthy lifestyle and decreasing alcohol intake – alcohol is a depressant and, when consumed in excess, works against your treatment. Some treatments may reduce your sex drive or even affect your ability to reach orgasm.
Myth: Tight underwear causes ED
Fact: Tight underwear has been associated with infertility because it can increase the temperature of the testicles, but there is no medical research showing an association between tight underwear and ED.
A feeling of embarrassment about ED prevents many men from seeking treatment. However, ED is treatable in most cases. If you experience a problem with erections, you should speak with your doctor.