Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, defined as a condition in which a man can’t achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for intercourse, ranks as the most common sex complaint, says the American Urological Association. However, many men don’t realize that erectile dysfunction is a medical condition and remain too embarrassed to report it and seek help. This problem, which affects up to 30 million men, can result in feelings of low self-esteem or depression. 

While the condition can interfere with your emotional well-being, it can also indicate a need for medical attention. In some cases, erectile dysfunction warns of cardiovascular disease or an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, or circulatory problems in your legs. It can also occur as a side effect of some types of drugs or medical treatments.

The good news is that most cases of erectile dysfunction can improve with appropriate medication or treatment. Our erectile dysfunction specialist Angel Paas, MD, at Kennesaw Gynecology in Kennesaw, Georgia, diagnosis and identifies the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction so you can begin appropriate treatment as quickly as possible. With extensive experience in treating erectile dysfunction, Dr. Paas offers innovative options that can help you regain your ability to hold an erection and restore enjoyable intimacy to your relationship.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction, it’s important to understand its causes and what can be done to treat it. Read on as we report on the truth behind some common myths about this condition. 

Myth No. 1: Erectile dysfunction is caused by aging

While erectile dysfunction becomes more common as men age, the condition isn’t something that all men experience. Erectile dysfunction isn’t considered a normal part of aging. Many men remain sexually active without problems into their 80s. 

Erectile dysfunction is related to a wide range of physical factors that include:

Myth No. 2: Erectile dysfunction means you’re not attracted to your partner

Erectile dysfunction usually isn’t associated with finding your partner unattractive. However, if you’re involved in a stressful relationship, it can affect the mind-body connection necessary for a successful erection. 

For most men, the emotional causes of erectile dysfunction typically involve stress, anxiety, or depression. Psychological issues cause up to 20% of erectile dysfunction cases. These emotions can occur as a result of social, career, or physical factors. 

If you’ve had problems achieving or maintaining an erection in the past, your worry about inadequate performance during sex may also interfere with your abilities. 

Myth No. 3: Prescription medications are the only effective treatments

Many safe and effective treatment options exist for erectile dysfunction. While oral prescription medications work well for some men, they may not be the best option for you. 

At our office, Dr. Paas provides state-of-the-art treatments that offer alternatives to medication. You may benefit from the Priapus Shot®, or P-Shot®, a painless injection into the shaft of your penis. This shot uses your own platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which contains natural factors that encourage the growth of blood vessels and nerve endings. 

Another option involves testosterone pellets, a form of hormone replacement therapy that’s placed under your skin to provide continuous hormone treatment. 

Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, losing weight, or reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can also improve your ability to achieve and maintain an erection. If your erectile dysfunction is related to a health or emotional issue, treating that underlying problem can improve your erections. 

Myth No. 4: I can treat erectile dysfunction myself with at-home remedies

Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition. It can result from an underlying and potentially life-threatening issue. If you’re experiencing impotence regularly, you should get an examination to determine whether you have a seperate health problem. If your erectile dysfunction relates to psychological issues, an experienced counselor can help you manage your emotions.

Taking herbal remedies or supplements without medical supervision can put you at risk for a wide range of complications, depending on your overall health. Most likely, you’ll spend a lot of time and money chasing unproven treatments. Instead, you’re more likely to benefit from proven, medically supervised care that can help you restore your ability to enjoy sex again without risking your well-being.  

Don’t waste another day suffering from erectile dysfunction and its consequences. We’re here to help. Schedule an appointment online or call our office to arrange a consultation. 

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