The Top Five Misconceptions About Erectile Dysfunction

March 26, 2021

#1: The only treatment option is the “little blue pill”

Viagra (the little blue pill) has proven itself to be be a great treatment option for Erectile Dysfunction (ED). However, not only are there many other medications available that treat ED in different ways, there are also new and emerging treatments that are proving to be effective. Injectable therapy, plasma rich protein (PRP) and low intensity shockwave therapy are some examples of alternative treatment choices.

#2: Age Matters

While erectile dysfunction is more common in older men and the occurrence of ED increases as men age, in the last twenty to thirty years ED rates among younger men have steadily grown. According to a study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine, one out of every four erectile dysfunction patients is under 40 years old.

#3: ED is Uncommon

Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual problems for men. In the U.S., approximately 15 to 30 million men have been diagnosed at some point in their lives.

#4: Healthy men don’t experience ED

Yes, men who are in poor health are at higher risk of ED. However, achieving an erection is a complex process involving psychological impulses from the brain, adequate levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, a functioning nervous system, and adequate and healthy vascular tissue in the penis. Men with no medical conditions can still experience ED due to life stressors, medications, drinking, recreational drugs and other factors that impact this complex process.

#5: ED is permanent

Many men may experience ED temporarily during certain periods of their life. As men grow older, the tissues in the vascular and nervous systems that play a part in erections begin to atrophy and hormone levels decline. However, there are many ways to combat these effects, such as: treating low hormones (testosterone), re-patterning and opening up the vascular tissue of the penis (shockwave therapy), changing medications that may interfere with libido and erections, decreasing stress, increasing activity level, getting better sleep, losing weight, “retraining your brain,” and eating well. All of these treatments can potentially improve or even completely correct ED by addressing the underlying cause.