Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is one of the most common and least talked about health issues among men. That’s because most men see it as a sign of weakness and find it embarrassing to discuss, a viewpoint supported by these five common misconceptions:
MISCONCEPTION: Impotence is an old man’s problem
Most men see impotence as a regular side effect of growing older and expect that they’ll have to face it at some point in their lives.
FACT: While the largest percentage of men experiencing impotence are over 60, it is not necessarily an unavoidable part of aging, nor is the problem limited to older men. In fact, impotence can occur in men as young as their 30’s, so it is every man’s issue.
MISCONCEPTION: Erectile dysfunction is all in your head
Often, men don’t seek help for impotence, as they believe that it is purely a psychological problem and experiencing it is a sign of weakness.
FACT: There may be some psychological factors involved, such as stress and social anxiety, but in the greater majority of cases, there is actually an underlying physical cause of the problem. Impotence can be an indicator of heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer and a number of other health issues.
MISCONCEPTION: Impotence only affects men
Because it is a dysfunction of the male sexual organ, most people assume that impotence only affects the man in a relationship, but that is far from the truth.
FACT: Because men who experience impotence tend to be moody, withdrawn and too embarrassed to discuss it, they can leave their partner feeling as if she has done something wrong or is no longer appealing to him. This can have a real psychological effect on her too and can put an awful strain on a relationship.
MISCONCEPTION: Impotence can’t be effectively treated
Since it is often seen as a sign of weakness or a side effect of aging, many men believe that there really isn’t anything they can do for impotence or that if they ignore it, it will go away on its own.
FACT: Not only are there several treatments available for impotence, ranging from pills to penile injections, impotence can often be alleviated by treating the disease that is causing it. And since some of those diseases, such as diabetes, can be serious, it is important that you seek medical help as quickly as possible.
MISCONCEPTION: Impotence can be easily treated with herbal remedies
The recent surge in interest in homeopathic treatment has left many men believing this is the way to go when it comes to treating impotence, but herbal remedies aren’t always the answer.
FACT: Since many cases of impotence are directly related to an underlying disease, only treating that disease will actually provide positive results. Although herbal remedies can certainly help with a variety of health conditions including erectile dysfunction, it is important to discover and treat any causes safely and effectively.
These 5 impotence misconceptions continue to plague both men and women each day. Share this page with others so that they can feel better about themselves and their condition.
The truth is that impotence happens to millions of men every day and is nothing to be ashamed of. If you are experiencing impotence, talk to your doctor so that you can determine the exact cause and get proper treatment. The sooner you do so, the sooner you’ll be able to get back to enjoying a healthy sex life.