Myths & Facts About Erectile Dysfunction Every Man Should Know

Myths & Facts About Erectile Dysfunction Every Man Should Know

Two things are relatively common for men: to deal with erectile dysfunction (ED) — over half the male population does — and to keep quiet about it. All too many men think they’re living with some rare, untreatable condition. Actually, though, you aren’t alone. 

The trouble is that if you’re like the majority of men, talking about erectile dysfunction is just a little bit outside your comfort zone. Here at Dallas Family Medical Health & Aesthetics in Addison, Texas, Julie L. Reihsen, MD, and our team want to change that. That’s why, in addition to offering a variety of effective ED treatments, we also want to start the conversation around this somewhat sensitive topic. 

To help here, we want to quash some of the most common myths about ED. 

Myth: ED is inevitable with age

Fact: Though ED and age are usually correlated, age is far from the only factor that can contribute to this condition. Studies show that 40% of men in their 40s and 50% of men in their 50s have some degree of erectile dysfunction.

To help yourself reduce your risk of developing ED at any age, choose a healthy lifestyle, including:

Changes like these can make a big difference in your sexual health through the years. 

Myth: ED is caused by a lack of attraction

Fact: Though sexual attraction can help to stimulate an erection, you can’t necessarily blame ED on how attractive your partner looks to you. Psychological and physical factors are the more likely causes of ED. 

ED can also stem from temporary issues like stress, communication problems, and too much alcohol. Additionally, it can also be a medical issue caused by an injury, a hormonal imbalance, diabetes, heart disease, nerve disorders, medication side effects, or high blood pressure. 

Myth: Treating ED means taking medication

Fact: Oral medications can be excellent treatment options for ED, but they aren’t for everyone. 

Beyond medications like Viagra®, Levitra®, and Cialis®, Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics offers leading-edge options like hormone replacement therapy (HRT), GAINSWave® shockwave therapy, and the P-Shot®. With these treatments, you don’t need to take a pill each time you want to have intercourse. 

Long story short, you have options that extend far beyond the blue pill.

Myth: ED will go away eventually

Fact: In some cases, this can be true. Many men find that things like reducing stress, losing weight, and cutting back on smoking and drinking can resolve their ED.

That said, ED can also be an indicator of a far more serious condition like:

If you’re living with ED, it’s well worth talking to our understanding, experienced team. Not only can we treat your ED, but we can help you determine if there are any underlying causes that require care. To get started, call our office, or book an appointment online today. 

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