Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction
Knowing the facts about erectile dysfunction and the treatment options is vital to returning back to your sexual self.
Myth: Erectile Dysfunction is a common part of getting older; I’ll just have to accept it.
Fact: ED is not a common part of the aging process. While some men may experience erectile problems from time to time as they get older, ongoing and frequent erectile dysfunction may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition such as cardiovascular disease, low testosterone or diabetes. You don’t have to accept ED as a normal part of growing older.
Myth: I can’t talk to my doctor about my erectile dysfunction. He/she will be embarrassed and can’t do anything about it.
Fact: Tennessee Urology physicians are highly-trained in men’s sexual health and erectile dysfunction and understand that ED is a stressful condition. Your physician is comfortable talking about erectile dysfunction and is here to help. As the first step to getting you on the road to recovery, your physician will listen to your concerns, work to understand your symptoms and overall health and develop a personalized treatment plan that will work for you. When it comes to your sexual health, nothing is taboo when talking to your urologist.
Myth: My only treatment option is the little magic pill seen on the TV commercials.
Fact: While common oral medications such as Viagra, Levitra, Staxyn, and Cialis are front and center on television commercials, they are not the only treatment option available for erectile dysfunction. Oral medications, while touted as the magic pill by many men with ED, can also have unpalatable side effects. Oral medications are often a good place to begin when it comes to treating ED and increasing blood flow to the penis, but other treatment options such as penile implants may be better suited depending on a number of physical and medical factors. Work with your physician to develop a treatment plan that is personalized to your needs and overall health.
Myth: Taking medications for other health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease disqualifies me as a candidate for oral medications for erectile dysfunction.
Fact: Tennessee Urology specialists treat hundreds of men with ED every year who are being treated for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and vascular disease. Your urologist will take a detailed medical history and ask for a list of medications that you currently take before prescribing any oral ED medications that may interfere with other medications. If medication therapy is not a good option for treating your ED, your physician will work with you to find another viable option that can restore your sexual function.
Myth: If my ED treatment isn’t covered by my primary health insurance, I won’t be able to afford treatment.
Fact: Many major medical insurance carriers cover most treatments for erectile dysfunction. You will need to check with your individual health plan.
Myth: Erectile dysfunction only affects the man in a relationship.
Fact: While erectile dysfunction physically affects a man, and no doubt has psychological effects as well, women are impacted by ED on an emotional level, too. Many women internalize their partner’s ED and live with guilt, self-doubt and may blame themselves, feeling their partner is no longer sexually attracted to them. For many women, sex is more than just the physical act, it’s intimate and emotional. Some women feel that the loss of intimacy signals trouble in their relationship. Women whose partner’s are experiencing ED need support, reassurance, and intimacy just as much as their partners do. Both partners can maintain a high level of intimacy even without sexual intercourse and should work together to overcome ED.
Myth: I just had a radical prostatectomy to treat my prostate cancer. I’ll probably have to live with ED as an after-effect of surgery for the rest of my life.
Fact: While ED is a common side effect of radical prostatectomy and other therapies for prostate cancer, many men recover their erectile function over time thanks to effective ED treatment protocols prescribed by your urologist. Our physicians utilize a number of successful, evidence-based treatment protocols for men experiencing erectile dysfunction following radical prostatectomy.