4 Myths Surrounding Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction can be quite a taboo subject for males and partners. The stigma surrounding impotence is one of embarrassment and a threat to manhood. However, ED is not often an issue with sex drive but either underlying medical or psychological conditions.

In fact, there any many myths surrounding the causes and treatment of ED and we have highlighted some below.

Erectile Dysfunction Only Affects People Over 50

While erectile dysfunction does affect more men as they get older, there is no reason why age has to become a factor in the enjoyment of intercourse. It isn’t something you just have to deal with as a natural course of getting older and changes in lifestyle, looking at the medication you are taking and even more stimulation can help you maintain an active sex life well into your 70s. You should seek medical attention regardless of your age.

In a study published by the US National Library of medicine, it was shown that 1 in 4 people newly diagnosed with ED was under 25. ED Is not a respecter of age and can be either a short term issue or more of a long term symptom of something more serious.

ED Is A Reflection Of Manhood Or Sex Drive

Although a lack of attraction to your partner can cause issues with sex drive or stimulation, more than likely it is a result of medical conditions, lifestyle choices or psychological issues. Erectile Dysfunction is caused by either physical causes:- a lack of blood flow to the penis by narrowing blood vessels caused by high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol; or psychological causes such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress or taking certain medication.

I Need To Sort My Relationship Out Then I Will Get An Erection

According to Neil from online pharmacy PrivateDoc “Although, ED can sometimes be a one-off or a result of extreme stress it can also be the bodies way of warning of other serious conditions or that you may need to change your lifestyle choices.”

Medical Conditions Which Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction are:-

  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Low or High Blood Pressure

Lifestyle Choices Include

  • Drinking
  • Smoking
  • Taking recreational drugs
  • Certain Medications

Psychological Conditions Include

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Poor Diet

Whilst a poor relationship may be a factor, it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional and to confide in your partner if you are unable to maintain an erection over a period.

Erectile Dysfunction Can Be Cured Permanently With Medication

Medication can definitely help with maintaining an erection; however, stimulation of the penis is still required. It is still advisable to sort out the underlying causes whilst taking medication. This can mean cutting down on the number of units of alcohol you are consuming, recreational drugs you take, changing your diet and taking up regular exercise. If you have been feeling an increase of stress or anxiety from your work, financial worries or issues in your home life, meditation or seeking counselling could help.


Like all topics related to sex, it can make you feel ashamed and embarrassed to talk about it. We hope the article above has helped dispel some of the myths surrounding erectile dysfunction and helps those suffering take the first steps fulfilling an active sex life.