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Is This True? Distinguishing Between Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Fact vs Fiction

Myths abound about the causes and significance of erectile dysfunction (ED). Here’s some factual information to counteract some of these most widely circulated misconceptions. 

Conservative estimates suggest that erectile dysfunction (ED) affects between 10 and 20 million American men, according to Boston University School of Medicine. With a disorder as common as this, one might expect a certain degree of clarity about ED, its causes, and what can be done to improve erectile function. Sadly, myths about erectile dysfunction persist, though this blog post will hopefully dispel at least a few of them.

Myth #1: A single failure to perform satisfactorily in the bedroom is a sure sign of ED.

Fact: Most men will experience an “off” night or two in the bedroom, and most continue to enjoy normal erectile function despite such performance issues, Mayo Clinic urologist Tobias Kohler, M.D., told MensHealth.com.

What Can Cause Temporary ED?

  • Having too much to drink
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues

ED is diagnosed when men experience performance issues on a consistent basis.

Myth #2: Male impotence is an inevitable consequence of aging.

Fact: It’s true that ED is more common among older men, due to factors like declining testosterone. However, many older men continue to enjoy a fulfilling sex life well into their golden years, while younger men report experiencing erection problems. In fact, one study found that 25 percent of men seeking help with suspected ED were under the age of 40 the first time they raised concerns with their doctor.

Myth #3: ED can be caused by wearing tight underwear.

Fact: Tight underwear may have an adverse effect on male fertility, but there is no scientific evidence to support any association between tight underwear and ED.

Man visiting with medical doctor.

Talk to your doctor if you think you may be experiencing signs of erectile dysfunction so they can help you find the appropriate treatment. 

Myth #4: Apart from the obvious, ED doesn’t pose any other serious health threat.

Fact: That doesn’t mean ED symptoms should be ignored. Erection problems often provide an early warning sign of more serious cardiovascular health problems. A significant percentage of ED is caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis. Because the arteries that supply the penis are smaller in diameter than those that serve the heart and brain, they tend to become clogged earlier. Left untreated, the cardiovascular disease process will continue and could eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Myth #5: Your bad habits have no real effect on your ability to get and keep an erection.

Fact: Smoking and substance use, whether it be alcohol or other drugs, are among the many contributors to ED. Smoking leads to endothelial dysfunction, which in turn reduces blood flow to the penis. The endothelium is a thin layer of smooth muscle tissue that makes up the inner lining of blood vessels and plays a key role in regulating blood flow. The sooner you stop smoking, the less damage you’ll do to your body.

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As previously noted, insufficient blood flow to the penis is a leading cause of ED. Viagra, Cialis, and other ED drugs known collectively as PDE5 inhibitors offer temporary relief from the symptoms of vascular-related impotence. If the convenience and privacy of ordering those drugs online appeal to you, check out the many services available from eDrugstore.com.

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Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+