Erectile Dysfunction: Don’t Let the Myths Fool You!

If you’re stressed out about erectile dysfunction (ED), you may have gone down the internet, and looked into options for alternative therapies or asked for advice from non-medical people. Many of the things you read or hear about ED are just mere myths.

There is a lot of conflicting information about ED out there and most of them are just made up myths! Below are mentioned the most common myths and their truth about ED. Debunk them!

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What ED is:

  • The inability to maintain an erection suitable for intercourse.
  • A medical condition that can affect a male of any age.
  • A common sexual trouble which commonly has a physical cause, but it can also be because of psychological issues or a side effect of some medication.
  • Often, ED comes as the first sign (or symptom) of an underlying medical condition.

Also Read: Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction: Symptoms And Remedies


What ED isn’t:

  • An “expected part of aging.”
  • A sign that a man is not interested in sex
  • A sign that a man is not attracted to the partner.
  • It only happens to older men.
  • Just the man’s problem.
  • A problem with no solutions.

The last point above is an important one to keep in mind, there are solutions to it! The first step to take is to find a solution by consulting a doctor to figure out what is causing the problem. There are many things which can cause ED:

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  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Trauma from surgery, such as one related to prostate cancer or conditions
  • Hormonal problems such as thyroid disease
  • Anxieties
  • Depression
  • Relationship troubles
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Performance anxieties
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Some prescription medications


A doctor can help figure out what is causing ED, and what treatment might be suitable. 

Also Read: Can Lifestyle And Psychological Factors Cause Erectile Dysfunction?


Myth Or Fact? Cycling Causes Erectile Dysfunction

Many studies have been conducted to look into the association between cycling and ED with mixed results. There are some shreds of evidence showing long-distance riding does contribute to ED, with some studies reporting incidence rates of around 19% in men who ride more than 250 miles per week. In addition to it, many men who cycle also complain about perineal numbness during the ride that was associated with temporary ED.

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However, a recent study and research that surveyed over 5000 cyclists (many of them cycling more than eight hours a week) found no association between cycling and ED or cycling frequency and distance and infertility. However, the researchers did notice that the risk of prostate cancer increased in relation to hours spent on a bike, particularly in men over 50.

MYTH ALERT!!-  9 Myths that most people think are true! 

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Myth 1- Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction Are Often Medical

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A lot of different things in your body have to work together to produce an erection – hormones, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, your heart, and your brain. A disruption to any one of these could lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). Common conditions associated with ED include diabetes, high blood pressure, neurological disorders, coronary disease, and hormone imbalances. In addition, ED is more likely if you are stressed, anxious or depressed. Consumption of alcohol and smoking adds to the problem and so do some prescription medicines.

Myth 2- Tight Underwear Causes Erectile Dysfunction

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If you prefer support over freedom but on the back of your mind worry that those tight briefs will lead to ED, then don’t. No study has ever been able to prove an association between ED and tight underwear.

However, there is some evidence that wearing tight underwear for a long period may reduce fertility. Sperm likes to be kept a bit cooler than the rest of your body and increased scrotal temperatures can hamper sperm production. So if baby-making is on the list, then best keep things cool down there.

Myth 3- It comes with age. It’s only a problem for the over 60s

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Although, it is true that erectile dysfunction does become more common as men grow older, but most men enjoy a fulfilling sex life at large into their bus pass years. A study revealed that 25% of men seeking their first medical consultation for ED are in fact under 40. Erectile dysfunction can trouble men of all ages and for a bunch of reasons, sometimes it is short-lived and goes away on its own with time, sometimes the symptoms continue. Whatever the age is, it is time to get medical help from a professional.

Myth 4- It’s a reflection of your masculinity

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Yes, we all have to agree on the fact than men consider their sex life a major part that reflects their manliness. It is a mere myth that ED has something to do with the masculinity of a man, Most unlikely, it also has no link with low testosterone. Normal erections come in men with testosterone levels which are lower than normal. Erectile dysfunction can be related to a number of medical conditions and many causes, none of which reflect upon how ‘manly’ the man is.

Myth 5- It’s all just in your head.

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Erectile dysfunction mostly occurs due to physical causes, although psychological issues and some medications can also lead to ED. The common physical cause of ED is not enough blood flowing into the penis, after which a man cannot get and keep an erection when he is sexually aroused, which can happen because the small blood vessels which supply blood to the penis during an erection get blocked or narrowed down. Now, this is completely a medical factor and you cannot blame yourself for it. 

Myth 6- It has nothing to do with other physical health conditions

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When a man suffering from erectile dysfunction speak to a doctor about it, the first questions he will be asked would be about the health and physical fitness. ED is commonly caused due to health or physical conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalance, injuries or recent or past surgery. It’s important that the causes of your ED are looked through by a doctor so that the underlying conditions can be treated. Treating the underlying reason behind ED can help with an improvement in erection functioning. Having a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy food, exercising and not smoking can reduce ED symptoms.

Myth 7- ED Drugs Like Viagra Or Cialis Are The Best Treatment

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Although taking a pill, such as Viagra, Levitra, Stendra, etc is the most popular way to treat ED, it may not be the most effective way, and some men may experience side effects.

One of the most effective treatments involves injecting medication directly into the penis. Sounds impressive, but in fact, the needle used is so thin and fine that most men hardly feel a thing, and this treatment is less likely to aggravate preexisting medical conditions or interfere with any medications you may be taking.

Myth 8- Impotence Only Affects a Man’s Sex Life.

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If your sexual performance is not how you would like it, then it’s only natural to feel frustrated. Many men also develop low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy. At times, they may lose their temper or get aggressive or depressed, which then starts to affect everyone in their household. ED is an easily treatable problem. Talk to your doctor before it starts interfering with your life. Think Twice Before You Buy any ED Treatment Online, without consultation.  

Google the term “Erectile Dysfunction Treatments” and you’ll be bombarded looking at over 42 million hits open right in front of you. But be warned. Not everything is what it says it is. An FDA investigation brought to light that more than 1/3rd of the dietary supplements sold to treat Erectile Dysfunction actually contained prescription drugs, including sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. While others contained entirely different medicines, of no use in any sense for ED, such as antibiotics. Counterfeit drugs are also rife. What may look like Viagra or Cialis, may in fact be a very clever copy, likely to contain only a very small amount of the drug, if any at all.

Always consult a professional about your ED and buy your medications from a reputable drug store. 

Myth 9- Natural Remedies For Erectile Dysfunction Are the Most Effective Treatment Options

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Red ginseng, Rhodiola, L-arginine, pomegranate juice and acupuncture have all been touted as effective treatments for ED. Unfortunately, most of the studies about these compounds or treatments have been small and results barely significant. They failed to provide a solid answer. 

The biggest problem with some supposedly “herbal or natural remedies”, apart from the fact that they fail to help, is that they may contain hidden prescription ingredients such as vardenafil (the active ingredient in Levitra). This could lead to serious side effects if the man hasn’t had a doctor’s consultation.

FACT: Lifestyle Changes Improve Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

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Late nights, fast food, too much alcohol, and not enough exercise, all affect your sexual performance. One of the best things you can do to improve ED is to lose weight and get fit if you are overweight. Also quit smoking, if you smoke. Smoking also adds up to high blood pressure and to artery-clogging which can slow your blood circulation.

Regular exercise and a fit body improves your overall general health and can help deal with stress and depression. Making a few lifestyle changes can go along way to reducing symptoms of ED.


If you are coming across symptoms of erectile dysfunction, you may easily feel that nobody else has the problem and it is just you! Stay put, you are not alone. Erectile dysfunction is a lot more common than people realize.  Your partner may be feeling equally concerned about it. So do not ignore the problem or suffer alone in this. Discuss the condition together and undertake a plan of action that starts with talking to a professional.

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You do not have to just accept it as a normal part of the aging process. Many men still have pleasurable sex well in their senior years and there is no reason that you cannot be in that slot. It is okay In fact, ED should be viewed as a medical condition that requires a medical solution, as often there is an underlying problem that also requires treatment. You would not leave heart problems untreated as you age, so don’t ignore ED. Get professional help and get yourself back in the game. 


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