Erectile dysfunction, ED, is a condition where men have trouble either getting or maintaining an erection for the duration of sexual intercourse. It can also mean that a man has trouble staying hard enough to have penetrative sex. Erectile Dysfunction is also commonly referred to as impotence.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misconception about ED and it can be an embarrassing topic for men to discuss. It’s not quite the topic of conversation for the gym, but maybe it should be.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the biggest myths surrounding ED and why some of them could be doing more harm to your little chap than the actual condition.
Myth 1: Erectile Dysfunction Only Affects Older Men
It is a common misconception that ED only affects men over the age of 50, whereas in truth, men of any age can suffer from ED. If you have an underlying condition that can cause ED, it won’t make a difference if you are 18 or 80.
Another misconception is that as you age, you are destined to suffer from ED, it happens to everyone. In fact, many men continue to enjoy healthy sex life and normal function throughout the latter years.
The fact is men of all ages may suffer from erectile dysfunction and age is not the ‘cause’ although it may be a factor in the probability of your lifestyle choices causing ED.
Myth 2: My Lifestyle Has Nothing to Do With ED
The fact is, ED is often the symptom of a greater underlying medical issue. Men who are obese, heavy smokers, heavy drinkers or taking recreational drugs are far more at risk of getting erectile dysfunction that those who are leading a healthier lifestyle.
ED may be a sign that something more harmful is going on with your body, such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes. If you are suffering from ED, it is essential to go and see your doctor to get tested for these conditions before attempting to self medicate with something like viagra. Never buy black market medication as you may be taking something that is potentially very harmful and probably doesn’t even work for the condition.
Myth 3: You’re Less of A ‘Man’ if You Have ED
The sad truth is, this is one of the most common thoughts that men have. It leads to men that are suffering from ED doing so in silence for fear of looking less manly.
Some men believe that a lack of testosterone causes ED. However, most men with low testosterone levels are still able to get and maintain an erection. Your testosterone levels are not a reflection on how ‘manly’ you are and neither is suffering from ED.
The danger with this misconception is that some men think that having testosterone injections will ‘cure’ their ED, which it won’t. You only need to have theses injections if your testosterone levels are low.
However, even if you do have low testosterone, bringing your levels up will not fix your erection problems. You will probably still need the help of other mediations such as PDE5 inhibitors which include Viagra and Cialis.
Myth 4: ED Medication Gives You a Permanent Hard-On
Oral Erectile Dysfunction medications such as Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis), Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) and Avanafil (Stendra) work by stopping PDE5 inhibitor and allowing the production of nitric oxide which is essential for the blood flow in the penis.
These drugs enable the blood to flow to the penis when sexually stimulated. An erection will not happen without stimulation. ED meds are not an aphrodisiac. You cannot take one and immediately become hard, you still need to be turned on in the same way as normal.
You will also not have an erection for a solid hour just because you have taken a viagra or some other medication. Your erection (in most instances) will happen when you are stimulated, it should last for the duration of intercourse and you will return to your original flaccid state after ejaculation.
Although all the oral medications work in similar ways, there are differences. Some start working more quickly than others, and some may last longer giving you a longer window of opportunity.
Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best medication for you to try and the dosage that you should start with. Always follow the guidelines and always make sure you buy from a licensed and reputable retailer, whether online or in-store.
Medications don’t always work the first time, but it is not necessarily that the medication won’t work, it just may take time to build up in your system. You will also need to check with your GP that any ED tablets you take don’t conflict with your other medications.
Myth 5: ED is a Purely Physical Condition
While ED is very often caused by physical problems such as heart disease, obesity and other medical conditions, there are other factors that may be at the root of the problem.
Firstly you may be taking a medication that has a side effect of ED, it is worth discussing any medications you are taking with your GP to discover if this could be the cause and if there may be an alternative.
Secondly, stress can play a huge role in a man’s ability to perform. If you have a particularly stressful job, are in a stressful situation at home or are worried about yours or the health of a loved one, this can cause a mental block that can affect your penis function. For example, men who have affairs often suffer from ED because the guilt weighs heavily on them, so much so that this is becoming a standard question that GPs ask.
Reducing your stress levels is a good way to improve your sex life. This may be through simply finishing a big project at work or through some counseling sessions. Whatever the issue, it is always best to talk it through with your partner at least.
Try to have a relaxed non-goal oriented session. If you start to worry about your performance and whether you will be able to get it up or not, you are just adding to the likelihood of failure. Just have fun exploring your partner and making them orgasm; if it is a mental block, you will soon get your head in the game again.
There are so many preconceived ideas about what erectile dysfunction is, what causes it and what it means to have it. But the truth is it is still largely a misunderstood condition.
Many partners feel that it is because you don’t find them attractive anymore or that it is because of them in some way. This is one of the many reasons that you should talk to your partner if you are struggling, there is always something that can be done to improve your situation.
If you are suffering from Erectile Dysfunction, don’t suffer in silence. Go and see your doctor or talk to an online doctor and get some advice. ED doesn’t mean the end of your sex life, it just means that you may need to get a little more creative.