MYTHS ABOUT ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (IMPOTENCE), DEMYSTIFIED
There are some beliefs about erectile dysfunction that don’t have any tangible basis or some sort of scientific evidence but are misconstrued facts, false ideas and unproven notions which over time has gained the belief of so many.
In this article, we are going to make a list of these myths and tell you why they are false
Myth 1:Erectile dysfunction is permanent
Now, any disease can be permanent and last till the end of one’s life if it is not treated and erectile dysfunction is no different. So why tag erectile dysfunction as being permanent?
It is reversible. There are many treatment options ranging from life style modifications to natural therapies, from treatment with drugs to surgical treatment options. It is totally reversible and therefore not permanent so long it is given the right treatment.
Myth 2: Erectile dysfunction is a disease old-age
Are there any disease that’s exclusively for the elderly…No! Erectile dysfunction is not going to be the first as it has also been seen in young and middle –aged men.
Although it tends to be common in the elderly, that does not make it unique to the elderly.
Myth 3: Masturbation causes erectile dysfunction
My personal dislike for masturbation will not stop me from calling ‘a spade,’ a spade.
It is known that masturbation carries some risks like addictions to masturbating, penile skin irritation, penile fracture, urethral injury, distorted sexual orientation etc. Erectile dysfunction however, is not one of the problems associated with masturbation.
Myth 4:Erectile dysfunction means a male is not fertile
This is untrue. Fertility in male relates to of the viability of the semen secreted during ejaculation. This has got nothing to do with achieving and maintaining a good penile erection.
While both can influence the female partners’ chance of conceiving, they each still carry different meanings
Myth 5: No penile erection inerectile dysfunction
By definition, erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain for satisfactory sexual intercourse.
So, there you have it; when the individual is unable to have a penile erection, that’s erectile dysfunction but again, when the individual is unable to maintain an already existing penile erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse, that’s also erectile dysfunction
Myth 6:Erectile dysfunction is simply a problem of the penis
Not entirely true. Among the various cause of erectile dysfunction, penile problems account for simply a few. Usually, the cause is distant, systemic or even psychogenic.
Examples of systemic conditions that has been linked with erectile dysfunction includes like diabetes mellitus, renal diseases, hormonal disorders, arterial diseases, venous insufficiency, long-standing hypertension, atherosclerosis, obesity.
Common penile problem associated with erectile dysfunction includes injury of the penile urethral, penile fracture, any wound on the body of the penis, penile ulcers, and painful penile swellings
Myth 7: Erectile dysfunction is a danger sign
There might be some element of truth in this one. Though erectile dysfunction itself is not dangerous nor injurious to health but it can actually be a sign of a more sinister condition like arterial disease, cardiovascular disease, complicated systemic hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes mellitus etc.
This means there’s need for men with erectile dysfunction to undergo further evaluation so as to detect the presence of any underlying more sinister condition on time before any more health havoc is done.
Myth 8:Men not attracted to their partner can have erectile dysfunction
This also carries some truth since one’s partner must appear sexually attractive and appealing before the reflex of penile erection is stimulated.
Most times, this is easily differentiated from the other more pathological forms of erectile dysfunctions.
More myth about this condition is bound to come-up but for now facts about the above-mentioned myths has been clearly stated in ‘black and white’.