Up to 30 million American men have erectile dysfunction (ED) — but it affects every man differently. Some occasionally struggle to get and maintain erections firm enough for sex, while others may be unable to get an erection at all. Some may not be bothered by their symptoms, while others feel significant emotional distress.
Although it’s a common condition, there’s a lot of misinformation about ED that makes it hard to sort fact from fiction. Having ED can be frustrating and embarrassing, but it’s a treatable medical condition. There’s no reason to be embarrassed about discussing your symptoms with your doctor.
At Advanced Urology, with offices in Los Angeles, Culver City, and Redondo Beach, California, we’re here to help.Get answers to all of your questions about ED as we debunk some of the most common misconceptions surrounding the condition.
Myth: ED is an unavoidable part of aging
Your hormone levels fluctuate throughout life. As you get older, testosterone naturally decreases. Since testosterone is a male hormone that’s important for sexual performance, many men notice symptoms of ED become increasingly common with age.
Fact: ED isn’t inevitable
ED gets increasingly common with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal. If you’re unhappy with your sex life and you think you might be suffering from ED, make an appointment with your doctor.
ED is very treatable, so there’s no reason to accept the embarrassing and frustrating symptoms that come along with it. At Advanced Urology, our team offers a range of effective treatments to revitalize your sex life.
Myth: Aging is the only cause of ED
Because ED is a common issue among men as they get older, it’s easy to assume that age is what causes ED symptoms. Decreasing testosterone levels do play a role, but many other factors that have nothing to do with your age affect your ability to achieve and sustain an erection.
Fact: Young men can have ED
It’s true that ED is most common among older men, but aging isn’t the only contributing factor to the condition. A wide range of other factors can cause ED symptoms in men of all ages. Some other causes include:
- Low testosterone
- Heart disease
- Depression or anxiety
ED also has psychological factors. If you’re unhappy or distrustful in your current relationship, it may contribute to ED regardless of your age.
Myth: There’s only one treatment for ED
Thanks to all the TV commercials and magazine ads, many men associate Viagra®, or the little blue pill, with ED treatment. Viagra is a popular and effective treatment method for ED, but it’s far from the only option available.
Whether you don’t want to or you can’t take Viagra, other ED treatment options could work for you.
Fact: ED treatment is customizable
No case of ED is exactly like another, and our team takes a personalized approach to treating it. We work with you to understand your symptoms and how they’re impacting your life. We evaluate your health and make a treatment recommendation that’s right for your needs.
Many men find that oral medications like Viagra®, Cialis®, and Levitra® are effective in treating ED. Other options include self-injections to induce erection, vacuum devices (penis pumps) to stimulate blood flow, or penile prosthesis implants for a more permanent solution.
Myths surrounding ED abound, but the truth is that it’s common, and it’s treatable. Find out more about your ED treatment options with a comprehensive consultation at Advanced Urology. Call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.