Published on November 19th, 2019
Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects 15% of men across the world. But it’s only old men and it’s not really that serious, right? Wrong.
ED is a condition that’s tainted by myths that cause it to either go untreated or incorrectly tackled – both of which could lead to serious medical problems for you.
From ageism to its severity, I’ve addressed some of the biggest myths about erectile dysfunction.
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1. Ed Only Affects Old Men
It’s a thought held by many gents across the globe – having a floppy disk is something only experienced by men old enough to have played Spacewar (and let me tell you, that’s really old, and I remember playing Atari games).
But it’s not remotely true and is one of the most important myths to debunk about ED – males of all ages suffer from erectile dysfunction.
While it’s statistically more common for men over 75 to suffer from ED, you can experience the pain of a flaccid member – indeed, researchers have noted a rise in the condition among younger men.
So, if you’re experiencing problems achieving and sustaining an erection then don’t ignore it simply because you’re in your mid-20s – it really could be ED.
2. You Need Prescription Medication
Two decades ago men believed that the only answer to the question of how to solve their ED was stolid silence – that and praying to whichever god they believed could provide light in their moments of bedroom darkness.
But then came Viagra, and a cure was available to all, all who were able to get a prescription for it. However, it’s a myth that you need prescription medication to solve the problem of erectile dysfunction.
Viagra Connect was launched two decades after Viagra was released. A guide from The Independent Pharmacy that looks at Viagra Connect vs Viagra describes its as an over-the-counter ED medication, one that’s an exact replica of Viagra. This is with one exception: it’s only available in 50mg tablets (the original also comes in 100mg and 25mg doses).
Medication isn’t the only option that can help with tackling your ED. One of the best non-prescribed treatments you can take is exercise, kegel exercises are known to help tackle the problem of a sleepy soldier.
3. Ed Is Your Biggest Health Problem
Sex is a big deal to a lot of people, so much so for some that it can have an impact on all their relationships – it causes you stress at home and this can bleed into your work, making a physical problem into a larger psychological one.
If you have ED you might think that it’s your biggest health problem. Well, you’d be wrong – erectile dysfunction can be your body’s way of telling you that you have some really serious health problems.
If you speak to a GP, doctor, or pharmacist about your ED they won’t only be concerned with your sexual performance. Some of the things that cause erectile dysfunction include high cholesterol, hormonal issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Having issues in the bedroom may be the thing that plays hardest on your mind when you’re suffering from ED, but if you don’t seek help then you could find yourself battling a much more dangerous health issue.
Erectile dysfunction is an issue that has been around for as long as humans have existed. But despite there being so much time to dissect the topic, there are so many myths about it that persist – more than the three I’ve detailed in this article.
For instance, people still believe that it has nothing to do with your lifestyle – spoiler alert, cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs can play havoc with your pecker.
Some men also think that it’s something you can’t talk about. Why? Because it means you’re not a ‘real man.’ This deep into the 21st century is no longer the time to let these toxic notions of manhood damage your health – talk to someone and seek help.
While I’ve debunked some of the myths about ED, the most important lesson you can take from this article is that it happens to everyone, it can be serious, but it is treatable. So, speak to the right people and don’t let ED damage your life.
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