Separating the knowledge from the nonsense. Your questions about ED answered
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is when a man has trouble maintaining an erection. It is usually associated with old age, however, even younger men are prone to ED because of various reasons such as stress, depression, relationship problems and medical issues. ED is also an indicator of other medical conditions that you might potentially have so it is always a good idea to see a specialist if you notice you are unable to get an erection 50% of the time during sexual activity.
That being said, there are many misconceptions surrounding ED. Due to this condition being such a personal problem it’s shrouded in misinformation and, at times, pure nonsense. Read on for the hard facts.
Fact: Cycling has actually been linked to a higher risk of ED. When you ride a bike most of your body weight is put on the crotch. This results in damaging endothelial cells. This does not mean you should stop riding a bike altogether, however, speak to your doctor to get the best advice on how to maintain a balance between your health and your hobbies.
Fact: Not true. There are now many different ways to treat ED, and a detailed discussion with your doctor can help you in making a decision on the best course to take. There are many effective medications which can be taken orally that have shown positive results. Medication may also be injected into your urethra or penile tissue that serve to dilate blood vessels, allowing for easier blood flow. Many non-medicinal options are available for the treatment of ED as well, such as vacuum pumps and penile prosthetic implants.
Fact: Older men do run a higher chance of getting ED but many young men can develop symptoms of impotence. There are a couple of conditions that can cause a high risk of ED such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
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