Erectile dysfunction: Myths and truths

Dr Sagar Mundada, a consultant psychiatrist at Health Springs Clinic, explains about erectile dysfunction, and busts myths related to same

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As many of us know, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition when a man has trouble getting or maintaining an erection. Many men experience it at some point during their life. For some men, it can be more serious and cause problems with self-esteem and relationships.

There are many common myths about ED that are significant to know.

Myth: ED only affects older men

Truth: Even though ED may occur more frequently over the age of 40, younger men can also be affected. Conditions like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes can increase your risk of having ED, regardless of age.

Myth: ED is only caused by physical issues

Truth: While conditions like heart disease and obesity can cause ED, psychological issues like anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem can also trigger the condition.

Myth: Smoking and drinking do not contribute to ED

Truth: It has been proven false since chronic smokers and drinkers are typically impacted by restricted blood flow to the penis, which contributes to ED.

Myth: Medications will not cause ED

Truth: Many times men will be on medication for high blood pressure or antidepressants and will have symptoms of ED, which is a common known side effect of taking these certain drugs.

Myth: Taking testosterone will cure ED

Truth: Only patients, who have low testosterone levels will benefit from taking testosterone for erectile dysfunction. This is why it’s crucial to get your testosterone levels checked as a first step if you think you may have it.

Myth: Oral medication for ED gives you a constant erection for the length of its action.

Truth: The fact is, taking oral medication can facilitate natural sexual experiences. In other words, an erection will only occur if you are sexually stimulated. You don’t have to worry about a constant erection when you are not aroused. Rarely, prolonged erection may occur. If this erection lasts more than four hours, you should contact the doctor immediately.