Erectile Dysfunction is an uncomfortable subject for many men and one that has far too many myths surrounding it. One might think that the development of the internet would provide more clarity on this important men’s health issue but the fact is there continues to be a lot of false information regarding ED out there. Rumors and misinformation only feed the misconceptions individuals or couples have about a condition that affects their intimate relationship. Here, we will clear up as many as we can.
Low testosterone only affects older men.
There are a variety of reasons a man may have low testosterone levels. Though older men naturally have less available testosterone than they did in early adulthood, younger men can develop erectile dysfunction as a result of hormonal imbalance.
Diminished sex drive is the only symptom of low testosterone.
Diminished sex drive and erectile dysfunction are two common symptoms of low testosterone. However, men may also experience fatigue or low energy, lack of motivation, mood swings, and weight gain as a result of hormonal changes.
Erectile dysfunction indicates a bigger health problem.
Sometimes, erectile dysfunction is a symptom of a bigger medical issue. However, research suggests that this condition is often related to some form of mental stress such as anxiety or depression. Most cases of erectile dysfunction in younger men are related to these conditions, which can be managed with psychotherapy.
Erectile dysfunction is nothing to be concerned about.
As mentioned, erectile dysfunction is sometimes a symptom of a bigger medical issue. While men should not worry needlessly about ED, there is benefit to undergoing a thorough medical exam with a family physician. An evaluation can rule out health conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, or diabetes. It can also open the conversation with a healthcare provider regarding ways to understand and improve erectile function.
Erectile dysfunction is permanent.
There are several ways to address erectile dysfunction. A urologist is a healthcare provider with specific education and training in men’s health issues like ED. A comprehensive medical history, consultation, and health exam can identify factors that may be influencing erectile health and can help determine an appropriate course of action to support a man’s quality of life.