Sorting Out the Myths and Facts Behind Erectile Dysfunction

Almost everyone with a penis experiences challenges with erections on occasion. If you regularly struggle to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse, you can benefit from proper treatment.

Over half of men in the United States live with erectile dysfunction. But that doesn’t mean they have to. Below, we help you sort out some of the myths surrounding erectile dysfunction.

Get the facts. And if ED is having a negative impact on your life or relationships, contact Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction is inevitable with aging

Erectile dysfunction becomes more likely throughout the aging process, but it’s by no means inevitable. From middle age on, you may need more stimulation to get aroused, but full-on sexual dysfunction doesn’t affect all or even most older men. In addition, true erectile dysfunction can usually be managed or treated regardless of your age.

Myth: Only older men experience erectile dysfunction

Many factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction that have little to do with age. These causes can include:

Some prescription medications and also treatments for diseases, such as for prostate cancer, can lead to ED as well.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction isn’t a big deal health-wise

Erectile dysfunction itself isn’t considered dangerous from a health standpoint, but it can indicate a potentially serious condition. In some cases, ED is the first noticeable symptom of a condition like heart disease, which is a leading cause of death around the world.

Addressing your symptoms not only can improve your sexual health and intimacy, but it can boost your overall well-being.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction means you’re no longer attracted to your partner

Many people mistakenly believe that if their partner can’t achieve or maintain an erection, it means he is no longer turned on by them. More than likely, that is not the case. Most cases have nothing to do with attraction and everything to do with a seemingly unrelated underlying cause.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction treatment requires drugs

Medications help manage erectile dysfunction in some cases, but they are not the only solution. At Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery, we take a multi-pronged approach that may include shockwave therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or hormone replacement therapy.

In addition to stronger, more feasible erections, these treatments have shown to provide a range of benefits, such as:

Lifestyle measures such as stress management improved eating and exercise habits, and psychological counseling can also help.

Myth: I can self-treat erectile dysfunction with herbal supplements

Dietary supplements marketed as ED treatment can pose a range of risks, and many lack evidence of effectiveness. Some of the supplements contain dangerous ingredients or may interact with other medications or supplements you take.

And if a condition in need of treatment is causing your ED symptoms, bypassing medical diagnosis and care can even become life-threatening. If you’re interested in natural remedies, discuss possible options with your doctor first.

If you’re experiencing signs of erectile dysfunction, call our office or book an appointment online. Effective treatment could be just around the corner.

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