The topic of erectile dysfunction (ED) is shrouded in myths and lies, and these can be remarkably persistent and even stand in the way of men seeking proper treatment. This is perhaps because the topic is still unnecessarily shrouded in stigma and shame, and many men are reluctant to speak openly about problems with sexual function.

ED is a very common condition that is thought to affect about half of all men over the age of 40 and can occur for a variety of reasons. It is not a problem that needs to be endured in silence, especially now when there are a range of fast and effective treatments available.

However, ED is understandably a very personal topic and some men may find it difficult to speak to a doctor or even their partner about it. While it is possible to discreetly carry out research online, not all of the information is verified and accurate, and some of it may even be dangerously misleading. 

Here are some of the most common myths that persist about the causes and treatment of ED, and a look at what the truth of the matter is.

ED is a natural consequence of aging

ED can affect men of all ages. It is true that it is more prevalent in men over the age of 40, but this is because getting older increases the probability of developing other risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes. There is no need to tolerate an unsatisfactory sex life simply because you are in middle age or beyond. 

There is nothing you can do to prevent ED

ED is not entirely preventable, but there are plenty of steps you can take to minimise your chances of being affected by it. A poor lifestyle that includes smoking cigarettes, being overweight or obese, physically inactive, drinking too much alcohol, and eating a diet that is high in sugar and unsaturated fats can contribute to ED.

ED can be treated with complementary or alternative medicines

The internet is awash with claims that these herbal tablets or this exotic sounding supplement will cure ED. However, these so-called medicines have not undergone the same rigorous research and testing processes as approved treatments. Often there is no or very little scientific evidence to support the manufacturer’s claims.

At best, herbal remedies can be ineffective, or at worst they can be harmful, especially if you take them alongside other medications. 

ED treatment requires multiple visits to the doctor

Many men find the idea of discussing their sex lives with a doctor very difficult. While it is a good idea to have persistent ED checked out for any serious underlying causes, it is not always necessary to visit a doctor in person to receive treatment. 

For example, online pharmacies provide a discreet service that allows you to buy treatments such as Viagra after a short consultation with a knowledgeable and qualified pharmacist from the privacy of your own home.