There is hardly a shortage of information on the Internet about erectile dysfunction (ED), but the problem is, a lot of it just isn’t true. A lot of people claim to have “miracle” drugs or supplements that actually don’t work and may even do more harm than good.
While there are a lot of myths out there, it is important that you’re able to separate the truths from the lies. As such, we have compiled a list of the biggest myths related to erectile dysfunction and the truths you should know.
If You Can Get An Erection, You Don’t Have ED
The truth is the definition of erectile dysfunction is not the same for every guy. It is usually defined as the inability to get and keep an erection that’s satisfying enough for sex. But while some guys have problems getting erections in the first place, others have difficulty maintaining an erection that lasts long enough for sex.
In certain cases, a man may get an erection, but it won’t be hard enough to allow him to penetrate during sex.
It Only Affects Older Men
It’s true that the prevalence of erectile dysfunction does increase with age, but younger guys are not immune to it. According to a study in the American Journal of Medicine, as much as 85 percent of men ages 20 to 39 say they “always” or “almost always” can get and maintain an erection good enough for sex.
What this means is that 15 percent of men have difficulty with their erections at least occasionally during sex.
About 20 percent of men between the ages of 40 to 59 say they can usually get a good enough erection, while 12 percent say they only sometimes can, and two percent say they never can.
You Have ED If You Struggle Once In The Bedroom
This is usually nothing to worry about. A lot of the time, the cause of struggling in the bedroom can be traced to a temporary issue such as drinking too much alcohol earlier or being completely exhausted from a tough day at work.
However, if you notice your difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection lasts for three months or longer, that suggests a more chronic issue may be at play. See a doctor as soon as possible.
ED Means Something Is Wrong With Your Penis
Having an erection or a lack of it can actually alert you to underlying medical problems throughout your body.
For example, heart disease Conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your blood vessels, impeding blood flow to your penis. The vessels that supply blood to your erection are only one to two millimeters in diameter, while those in your heart are twice that size.
What this means is that your erection may suffer years before you might suffer chest pains or other symptoms of heart disease. Having erection problems may also signal diabetes, low testosterone, or clinical depression. If you’re noticing problems below your belt, don’t brush them off. See a doctor immediately.
ED Is All In Your Head
Most likely it isn’t but the truth is it may not just be your body either. In a lot of cases, erectile dysfunction is a combination of both physical and psychological factors. For example, your ED may have a physical cause such as a problem with your blood vessels that hampers blood flow to your penis.
However, the more you worry and stress about it, the more your brain can play a role in making an erection more difficult. So before seeing a doctor, note the time when your erectile problems occur. That will help him or her determine what’s driving your ED and figure out the best way to treat it.