The myths surrounding erectile dysfunction are still considerable in this day and age. This is perhaps because men concerned as to whether or not they’re suffering from ED refuse to do anything about it. What they think they know about it is often influenced by second-hand information and outright lies.
If you think you’re suffering from ED, the only way you can do anything meaningful about it is to get the facts. Based on real information about this unpleasant subject, you can then decide whether or not to make an appointment with your physician. Any other course of action is not going to do you any good.
ED Facts And Myths
With a subject as broad as erectile dysfunction, it’s important to start at the basics. Simply put, ED occurs when a man is unable to achieve and maintain an erection. Another symptom can be a substantial decrease in normal sexual desire. This is also known in some circles as impotency, although many feel that this not an accurate way to term the problem.
One of the most important things to keep in mind with ED is that an occasional problem is not necessarily an ED problem. Virtually all men experience problems once in a while. This in of itself does not immediately point to an erectile dysfunction diagnosis. It is when a man consistently cannot achieve and maintain an erection does it become a problem that should lead to seeking treatment. Failure to do so can add significant stress to your life in a number of damaging ways.
Discussing ED with your doctor can certainly feel awkward, but if you’re truly concerned, then it’s a conversation you need to have. Your ED problems could in fact have underlying causes that, without treatment, could seriously affect your health. You should definitely talk to a doctor, if you have begun experiencing a number of symptoms, which can include, but not seemingly not have anything to do with, erectile dysfunction. Another good motivator to speak to your doctor about the possibility of ED is when your failure to achieve and maintain an erection is seriously influencing the mood of your partner.
Something that is critically important to keep in mind with ED, which also has to do with one of the biggest myths regarding ED, is the subject of age. It’s just not true that only men of a certain age suffer from ED. This is a problem that can affect men of all ages. The reason why ED is associated with older men is because certain health risks that only affect older men can also be causes for erectile dysfunction. This fact does make men a more likely candidate for ED, but by no means are they the only group. Men as young as 18 or 20 can experience it. The reasons for this can vary.
Causes for ED vary. They can include anxiety, depression, clogged blood vessels, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, MS, metabolic syndrome, Parkinson’s, low testosterone, tobacco use, alcoholism, abuse of prescription or illegal drugs, treatments for prostate cancer, certain surgeries or injuries that involve the spinal cord or pelvis, and more. Psychological reasons are often underestimated with ED, but this is because we as people often underestimate just how powerful our brains are.
What people fail to appreciate is the fact that erectile dysfunction can come from so many sources. It can be due to a certain medication you are taking. It can even be caused by spending too much time on a bicycle.
You won’t know for certain, until you make an appointment with your doctor.
Diagnosing erectile dysfunction comes down to a few simple tests. These will be performed by your doctor, although there are some cases in which your doctor may refer you to someone else. Erectile dysfunction tests can include a blood test, a physical examination of your penis and testicles, urine tests, an ultrasound, or a psychological exam. One or more of these tests may be conducted to get to the root of the problem. In some cases, a doctor will even suggest an overnight erection test. Proving you can get an erection at night is a strong indication that you do not have ED. This test involves wrapping a piece of special tape around your penis before going to bed. If the tape breaks in the night, then your problem is most likely psychological.
ED Treatments And Drugs
Treatments and drugs for erectile dysfunction vary. Oral treatments such as Viagra and Cialis are popular, but there are numerous factors to consider that you should discuss with your doctor. Other treatments can include penile pumps, penile implants, psychological counseling, Alprostadil treatments, testosterone replacement, and more. Whatever course of action you take, your doctor will discuss everything with you.