Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity. Up to 52% of men between the ages of 40-70 will have experience some Erectile Dysfunction and it is age related. However, many young men today are also experiencing erectile problems. Stress, relationship concerns, too much alcohol, smoking, illicit drugs, a late night or being worried are just some of the cause of erectile difficulties. Erectile problems can cause immense distress in relationships and to individuals. It’s very easy to panic and to think the worst and question everything. Some men worry that they may have caused some damage to the penis whilst masturbating, partners worry that they are not attractive anymore, the list is endless.
It is important to recognize that every man in their life at some time will have days when an erection may be unpredictable. Many find that a few weeks or days later the problem resolves itself. So it is important to be realistic. If you are experiencing night time and spontaneous day time erections it is a good sign that the blood flow and the nerve supply to the penis are in good working order.
However with time as people got to know more and more about the issues related with erectile dysfunction, misconceptions began to rise. With increasing number of reported cases, the myths began to rise even more. Here we list some of the common myths going around about the problem of erectile dysfunction. It should be noted that erectile dysfunction can in itself be a big problem, add to it the misconceptions and people find means to escape the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Let’s look at the most common myths for now;
Almost nobody suffers from erectile dysfunction
If you think you are the only one having difficulties occasionally getting an erection, then you are wrong. The problem is more than you might think. About 1 in 7 men have ED. Erectile dysfunction occurs amongst men of all ages. Although the chance of struggling with this disorder is greater if you are older, younger men can also suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is in your head
Yes, that’s right. Your erectile ability can be influenced by things such as anxiety, stress or the urge to perform. But ED can also be caused by a disease (such as multiple sclerosis or diabetes), medication or problems with blood vessels. All these factors can cause for your penis to not respond properly to sexual stimuli.
Erectile dysfunction can’t be treated
Erection pills such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are used to ensure that the blood vessels in the genitals dilate; allowing more blood flow in this area and the penis becomes stiff and will stay this way for a longer period of time. Even if these fail there are plenty of other options a medical professional has in his/her arsenal that can be used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction disappears when you eat aphrodisiacs
Unfortunately, a diet of oysters will not miraculously treat our erectile dysfunction overnight. However, it is true that a healthy diet has a positive effect on your erectile ability. Unsaturated fats (nuts, olive oil), fresh fruits and vegetables help improve the elasticity of your blood vessels and are therefore good for the arteries in your penis. Extra exercise and stop smoking are also good moves. A healthy lifestyle makes you slimmer and boosts your confidence. A higher confidence can in fact help in getting a erection and help the person perform better to satisfy his partner and live a happy life.
Once you have had an erection problem you will never have a normal erection again
If you sometimes have difficulties to get an erection or to maintain it, that’s certainly not the beginning of the end. There are plenty of reasons why your penis checks out of service: fatigue, stress, too much alcohol. However, if you notice that the problem persists and becomes more common, it is reason to have it checked out.
As we can see, the misconceptions or myths are mostly about the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This myths should be cleared off as any hesitation in the treatment and the admittance of having erectile dysfunction can in fact hamper the lives of the people, both the patient and the partner.
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