Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects your ability to get or keep an erection that’s strong enough for sex. It’s an extremely common problem, with an estimated 30 million American men experiencing symptoms.

Although it’s common, there are a lot of misconceptions about ED. Men are hesitant to discuss their symptoms with their doctors, but it’s a treatable medical condition that you don’t have to live with it.

Our team at Live Urgent Care, founded by Browlyn Marquez, FNP-C, offers comprehensive care services. We’re here to help you sort fact from fiction when it comes to ED and how it’s treated.

Myth: ED is inevitable with age

ED is often caused by low testosterone, a hormone that plays a key role in sexual performance. Your hormone levels naturally ebb and flow throughout life, but testosterone begins declining as early as age 30.

About 50% of men over 40 have some degree of ED, and it becomes even more common with age. Because of this, you might assume that ED is an inevitable part of getting older.

Fact: ED isn’t a normal part of getting older

ED is very common, but it’s not inevitable, and we can treat it. If you’re bothered by the symptoms of ED, you don’t have to live with it.

Talking to a medical professional is the first step to feeling like yourself again. At Live Urgent Care, we offer treatment options to manage symptoms and revitalize your sex life, no matter your age.

Myth: ED only affects older men

ED is an increasingly common medical concern for men as they get older. Lower testosterone and other age-related changes are major contributing factors, and it’s easy to assume that aging is the only possible cause of ED.

Fact: Young men can have ED too

While it’s true that ED commonly affects older men, it can develop at any age. In fact, about 26% of men under 40 experience symptoms of ED.

A few risk factors for ED that have nothing to do with age include:

Along with physical health, your psychological health could also affect your sexual performance. If you’re in an unstable or unhappy relationship, it may contribute to ED symptoms. 

Myth: There’s only one treatment option for ED

Turn on the TV or open a magazine, and chances are that you’ll see an advertisement for the little blue pill. A few of the best-known ED medications are Viagra®, Cialis®, and Levitra®. 

Oral ED medications are some of the most popular treatments available, but if you can’t take the pill or you simply don’t want to, are you out of options?

Fact: ED treatment is customizable for you

Every man with ED is affected in different ways, so there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment. The best treatment for you depends on your symptoms and how they’re affecting your life.

It’s true that oral ED medications are popular and effective for many men. Some other options to consider include a vacuum device (penis pump) to boost blood flow, self-injections to build an erection, or a penile prosthesis implant in more severe cases.

If you’re living with the embarrassing and frustrating symptoms of ED, it’s time to seek help. Find out what treatments are available with a consultation at Live Urgent Care. Contact us online or over the phone for an appointment.

We have locations in Morris Plains, Princeton, Sayreville, Somerset, and Bellmawr, New Jersey.

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