Myth: ED only occurs in older men.
Fact: Although erectile dysfunction (ED) is more common in older men, it can affect men of any age. Medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood, or heart disease can increase a man’s risk of developing ED.
Myth: It’s just part of the aging process.
Fact: There is nothing normal about having ED at any age. Like any other medical condition, ED is a condition that can impact a man’s overall well-being. Whether the man is 40 years old or 90 years old, ED should be treated the same. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of ED, it is time to schedule an appointment with the doctor to make sure there is no underlying condition causing it.
Myth: Smoking and drinking do not contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Fact: Smoking and alcohol restrict the blood vessels. If a man is smoking and having symptoms of ED, this could be a contributing factor.
Myth: ED only happens when there are problems within a relationship.
Fact: Most cases of ED stem from physiological factors rather than psychological. The desire for sex may be lacking as a result of relationship problems, but not ED. On the contrary, if a man suffering from ED goes untreated, this could lead to relationship difficulties in the future.
Myth: Oral medications, such as Viagra, are the only treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Fact: Viagra, or other oral medications, are just one option for treating ED. Before prescribing oral medications, physicians often recommend lifestyle changes such as weight loss or quitting smoking first. The top priority in the treatment of ED is identifying and treating any underlying conditions. If a patient is still experiencing symptoms of ED, the doctor could prescribe oral medications such as Viagra or even penile injections such as Trimix.
Myth: ED is just a personal problem and is not dangerous.
Fact: It is true that ED is not dangerous itself, but often there is some other underlying condition causing it. Therefore, it may signal something more harmful if left untreated such as heart disease or high blood pressure. This is why it is important to speak with your physician as soon as possible to identify any causes before they escalate.
Myth: You don’t need to see a doctor. Herbal supplements can treat ED.
Fact: Herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can interfere with any other medications you may be taking. They can also be very dangerous for other medical conditions that may be causing the ED symptoms. It’s always important to speak with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.
Myth: Taking medications will not cause ED.
Fact: Often times, men are on medications for high blood pressure or anti-depressants to treat depression. These medications have side effects that can cause erectile dysfunction. Here are other common erectile dysfunction causes to be aware of.
Myth: Taking testosterone can cure your ED.
Fact: Taking testosterone will only help if you are experiencing ED and have low testosterone levels. However, if you do not have low testosterone levels and begin taking testosterone, you could cause further issues. Your physician will typically check your testosterone levels before proceeding with ED treatment. This will ensure that you are on the right path.
Myth: Erectile dysfunction only affects men.
Fact: ED causes anxiety, frustration and feelings of inadequacy, which then can lead to depression or aggression. As a result, relationships can suffer as well. Ignoring the symptoms of ED is the worst thing you can do. Instead, it is important to have open communication with your partner and your doctor.
What to Do If You’re Experiencing Symptoms of ED
The bottom line is that ED is a serious problem with men of all ages as well as their partners. The best thing you can do is to schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss what would be best for you. If you do not have a doctor, you can fill out the online questionnaire on Olympia Pharmacy’s website. Once submitted, the scheduling staff will contact you to setup an evaluation over the phone with a licensed telemedicine physician. The cost for this evaluation is $75, which goes directly to that physician.