Like politics and age, there are certain things that people avoid discussing in groups. Among those topics is sexual health, and more specifically, Erectile Dysfunction. Commonly known as ED, Erectile Dysfunction is a medical condition where a man is consistently unable to achieve and maintain an erection that allows for satisfactory sexual function. Although discussion around this condition is so widely avoided, almost 50% of Canadian men over the age of 40 experience ED. The silence has lead to a lot of misconceptions and, since no one else wants to talk about it, we’ve debunked them for you!
Myth #1: ED is a Psychological Problem
Not only can clinical depression or chronic stress contribute to ED, but medications associated with psychological conditions can further affect a man’s inability to achieve an erection. Although there are many psychological triggers for ED, there are also biological causes of impotence including diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, or Atherosclerosis.
Myth #2: People Under 40 Aren’t Affected by ED
Although ED is more prevalent in men aged 40+, studies have found that 26% of men under 40 are also affected. In fact, research shows that almost half of men under 40 who suffer from ED have severe conditions, which is a larger percentage than those who suffer over the age of 40.
Myth #3: The only symptom of ED is not being able to get an erection before sexual intercourse
It’s true that difficultly achieving an erection before sex is a symptom of ED. However, other symptoms also include less firm erections, erections that are not satisfactory for penetrations, not be able to maintain an erection during intercourse, and prolonged time to get an erection after ejaculation.
Myth #4: ED can only be treated with pills
There are a plethora of pills in the market that can help men suffer from ED achieve an erection; however, the results do not promise long term results. Other treatment options that are available include Shockwave Therapy, PRP, Therapy, and Sex Therapy.
Like any medical condition, it’s important to consult a specialist to asses your unique situation. For those interested in learning more check out Pollock Clinics, they offer a free visit to all new patients. Visit their website to request an appointment to talk further with an expert on Erectile Dysfunction.