The Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Mythbuster!

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Update Date 29/09/2020 . 3 mins read

They say that when you love, you must love hard. When your partner is in the mood for some loving and you’re – quite literally – not up for it yet, keep calm and get hard. But when you find yourself unable to do just that, go seek a doctor to get help. Hey, there’s nothing to worry about. Erectile dysfunction is a common enough occurrence that can happen to just about anyone. With a healthcare professional’s help, it is easily treatable. You may have heard a bunch of myths and stigma about erectile dysfunction and its medication but hang on to your pants – or don’t – and read on as we debunk them. 

What The Fuss Is All About

Erectile dysfunction is a common disorder affecting a man’s ability in keeping an erection long enough for satisfactory intercourse with your partner. According to James H. Barada (Dr. Barada), there are a variety of psychological facts contributing to this condition. Over time, your condition may grow from mild or occasional, to moderate or most of the time. It can reach the point where a man is unable to get an erection all the time, which is diagnosed as complete erectile dysfunction.

According to the National Health and Mobidity Survey (NHMS) 2019, 3 in 10 admitted that they have difficulty in getting hard enough. If this has to be categorised in age group, up to 25.2% of men in the age of 30–59 years old and 64.1% of men aged above 60 years old suffer from erectile dysfunction. So, if you think that you’re the only one who has it, clearly, you’re not alone. There are around 100 million worldwide who face the same problems as you. 

Erectile dysfunction is NOT only an older man’s problem. It’s not true that having erection problems only happens to older people as it can even happen to men who are under 40, since this condition affects men of all ages and for different reasons. So, don’t wait around until you’re 60. As soon as you spot the problem early on, consult a doctor right away. And whoever said it cannot be treated is also wrong. The treatment for erectile dysfunction has helped plenty with addressing and treating this problem.  

Erectile dysfunction is NOT only psychological. When you experience erectile dysfunction and worry about it happening again, then yes, the mental stress builds and may perpetuate the problem. However, erectile dysfunction also stems from physiological problems, and could be in combination. There is typically a problem with blood flow in your penis when erections fail, and there are many factors that contribute to poor blood flow, such as medication, smoking, or alcohol use, as well as disorders including high blood pressure and diabetes. Erectile dysfunction can be an early warning sign of a serious health conditions.

How to Get Ahead

Failing in the bedroom department is something we wish to avoid. For sure, we want that optimal and satisfactory sexual experience that’s pleasing to both parties in the bedroom. So, acknowledging that you have erectile dysfunction is the first step towards recovery. Once you’ve overcome this stage, be open to discussing it with your doctor who can prescribe treatments for your condition. 

Studies have shown that oral medication such as PDE-5i change the approach of treating erectile dysfunction since they have minimized invasive procedures.[3] They grant men convenient and effective methods to overcome impotence. It also helps that they are easy to use. Prescribing these meds depends on a case-to-case basis, considering different factors such as methods of administration, duration of action, cost, adverse effects and precautions. However, using PDE-5i therapy still requires some form of sexual stimulation to have an erection.

Oral medication can be taken on demand prior to your sexual activity. PDE-5i has been available for decades and has proven to be effective in the management of erectile dysfunction for men of all ages, and they are generally well tolerated. To have a better understanding on the PDE-5i therapy, speak to your healthcare professional. Erection problems will be a thing of the past and you’ll stay hard for longer periods of time. That’s definitely something to get excited about. But bear in mind, that loving is hard and sex takes work. Sexual stimulation is still needed to get the results you’re expecting. Involve your partner, possibly even include them in your therapy sessions and the follow-up assessments. Shed your fears at the door, drop your anxieties and let go to the reality that erectile dysfunction is common and treatable. Because once you do, the possibilities can be quite mind-blowing.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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