Erectile Dysfunction is a topic that most men wish to avoid. However, this is an important conversation to be had between partners, between men and their doctors, and in the media. When we do not address issues like erectile dysfunction straight-on, we leave room for misconceptions. Even today, common myths about erectile dysfunction keep many men from obtaining the care they need and deserve. Here, we discuss what those are.
Erectile dysfunction happens to older men.
Erectile dysfunction that is related to low testosterone may more often affect older men, this is true. However, low testosterone is only one potential cause of erectile dysfunction. Studies indicate that men aged 40 and older are more likely to develop problems maintaining an erection but that a growing number of younger men also encounter erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is a physical condition only.
Men may experience erectile dysfunction for any number of reasons. Physical factors are just one of several influences. In younger men especially, erectile dysfunction is more often linked to emotional stress and psychological challenges such as depression and anxiety. Certain medications may also cause erectile dysfunction. A thorough health history and examination can get to the heart of the matter and help a man identify the ways in which his intimate health can improve.
Erectile dysfunction is not dangerous.
While many cases of erectile dysfunction relate to hormones or psychological stress, there is a chance that an underlying health condition may be the root problem. Erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or high cholesterol. This is an important reason to have a thorough health examination and consultation with a family physician.
There is no way to get rid of erectile dysfunction.
Several treatment options for erectile dysfunction have been developed in recent years. The first step in managing or correcting this issue is to identify causative factors. If erectile dysfunction relates to stress or emotional health, therapy or appropriate medications may be helpful. If hormones are responsible, therapies to restore balance may be recommended. There are also treatments that can address structural factors affecting the penis.
Schedule a consultation with your Chattanooga urologist to discuss erectile dysfunction. Call UT Urology at (423) 778-5910.