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A new survey has found that over a third of Brits (34%) think that erectile dysfunction is a normal part of getting older. The Metro reports that this is one of the most commonly believed sex myths, and it is incorrect according to health experts. However, it is true that erectile dysfunction (ED) is more common in men over the age of 40.

Sexologist Ness Cooper, told the publication: ‘Almost 70% of those with penises will experience erectile dysfunction by the time they are 70. However, we shouldn’t classify it as normal, as there are many reasons it can affect an individual and these can vary from person to person.’

She added: ‘Anyone experiencing erectile issues should see a medical professional to find out the cause. Once the cause of erectile dysfunction is found whether that is psychological, physical, or a mixture of both, there are many treatment methods to help manage symptoms.’

What are the medical causes of ED?

The first thing to know is that ED is treatable regardless of your age, and there is no reason why men shouldn’t enjoy a healthy sex life into their 70s and beyond. However, some health conditions which are more frequently diagnosed in older people do cause ED, or ED is a symptom of an underlying problem.

That’s why it’s important to always talk to a doctor before taking ED medication such as Viagra. Some of the most common physical causes of ED include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, low testosterone levels, high cholesterol, obesity, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

What lifestyle or other issues cause ED?

In men with no chronic illness, ED might be caused by lifestyle. Heavy drinkers often suffer from ED, because alcohol reduces the communication between the nerves in the brain and the body, making sexual arousal more difficult.

Heavy smokers are also more likely to experience problems, because tobacco products narrow arteries and restrict blood flow, making it more difficult for blood to reach the erectile tissues in the penis.

Some types of prescription medications can also cause ED. These include antihistamines, high blood pressure medication, and some types of antidepressants. However, it is important to talk to your doctor before stopping or altering the dose of any medication you are currently taking.

There may be alternatives to the current type you are taking which do not interfere with sexual function, so always check with a GP before you take any further action.

Stress and other emotional problems can also be a culprit if you are experiencing ED or loss of sex drive. This might be a temporary situation, if you are going through a busy time at work, for example, or have recently been bereaved. Relationship problems or performance anxiety can also cause or contribute to ED.

If you are experiencing persistent problems with ED, there are safe and effective treatments available. You can now book an online consultation with a pharmacist, which may give you access to order cheap sildenafil which will be posted in discreet packaging.