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Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

Aug 01, 2023
Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction
Not sure if you’re dealing with the truth regarding erectile dysfunction? A lot of myths surround this condition, but luckily, this blog debunks them. Read on to get the scoop on erectile dysfunction and how you can get relief.

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition affecting about 30 million American men, but because it’s not always easy to talk about such a sensitive topic, a growing number of myths exist about this condition.

Our board-certified urologists at Bellingham Urology Group diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction at our offices in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, Washington, and want you to know the truth about this common condition. 

Read on as Curran Emeruwa, MD, John Pettit, MD, Mackenzie Epler, PA-C, and Eleni Zobolas, ARNP, separate fact from fiction.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction is a natural part of aging

Truth: While the prevalence of erectile dysfunction increases with age, it’s not an inevitable consequence of getting older. Age-related changes in hormone levels, blood flow, and overall health can contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction, but many cases are treatable. In other words, just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you’re destined to experience sexual dysfunction.

Myth: Young men can’t get erectile dysfunction

Truth: Erectile dysfunction is more common among older men, but it can affect males of all ages. Younger men can experience erectile difficulties due to psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety, or performance pressure. Medical conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hormonal imbalances, can also cause erection issues in younger men. 

Myth: Erectile dysfunction is all in your head 

Truth: Although psychological factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction, it is not solely a psychological issue. Physical factors like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, hormonal imbalances, and certain medications can also lead to erectile difficulties. In many cases, erectile dysfunction is a combination of physical and psychological factors, and a comprehensive evaluation here at Bellingham Urology Group is necessary to determine the exact cause.

Myth: Your only chance of treating erectile dysfunction is Viagra

Truth: Medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), or vardenafil (Levitra) can be effective in treating erectile dysfunction, but it’s important to know that they aren’t your only options. These medications enhance blood flow to the penis and help achieve an erection, but they do not address the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction. 

Here at Bellingham Urology Group, we also offer:

  • Intraurethral suppositories
  • Penile injections to address erectile dysfunctions related to nerve damage
  • Penile implants

Our team also provides guidance on lifestyle modifications 一 losing weight, managing diabetes, stress management techniques 一 that improve erectile dysfunction. You may find that your best path forward is a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle modifications. 

Myth: Treatment is only for men with severe dysfunction

Truth: Erectile dysfunction exists on a spectrum, ranging from mild to severe, but you don’t have to wait until the condition is severe before you reach out for help. Even if occasional or mild erectile difficulties are experienced, addressing the issue early on can prevent it from worsening over time. Timely intervention can improve sexual health, enhance self-confidence, and identify any potential underlying health concerns.

Start the conversation today

We know it’s not always easy to talk about it, but know that our experienced and non-judgmental team is here to identify the underlying causes and explore appropriate treatment options for you. With the right support, you can regain your sexual confidence, improve your overall well-being, and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. 

To learn more about your options, call or message our location closest to you today to schedule an appointment. Don't let myths hold you back from seeking the help you deserve.