Most men never experience erectile dysfunction.
FALSE: Most men will experience ED at one time or another.
It is advisable to seek treatment for recurring ED.
TRUE: If ED occurs more than half the time, a man should be concerned and consider seeking medical advice and treatment.
Erectile dysfunction is simply a problem of mind over matter.
FALSE: The causes of ED can be psychological, physical, and/or a combination of both. Psychological factors often are a secondary reaction to an underlying physical cause. Physical causes of ED are related to a breakdown or damage in the chain of events that leads to an erection.
Nervous system dysfunction is the sole cause of a man's inability to achieve an erection.
FALSE: The sequence of events resulting in an erection involves nerve impulses in the brain, spine, and penis. Also involved are the subsequent responses in the body's muscles, fibrous tissues, veins, and arteries in and near the corpora cavernosa (chambers in the penis that are filled with spongy tissue).
Kidney disease and erectile dysfunction may be related.
TRUE: Kidney disease can cause chemical changes in the body. These changes can affect hormones, circulation, nerve function, and energy level.
A substantial percentage of men with diabetes experience ED.
TRUE: Diabetes can cause nerve and artery damage that can make achieving an erection difficult.
Prescription drugs are never responsible for erectile dysfunction.
FALSE: There are more than 200 kinds of prescription drugs that may cause ED.
Vascular diseases account for the majority of physical-related causes of ED.
TRUE: Vascular diseases are those that affect the blood vessels. Diseases including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can restrict blood flow to the heart, brain, and penis.
Surgery to remove prostate cancer can lead to ED.
TRUE: Surgery to remove prostate cancer can result in erectile problems, even though prostate cancer alone does not cause erectile dysfunction.
ED is not related to tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drug use.
FALSE: All three of these substances can damage blood vessels and/or restrict blood flow to the penis, causing ED.
A subject like erectile dysfunction is bound to be surrounded with as much legend as fact when it comes to causes and treatments. Check out these six common myths about ED and the facts to dispel the rumors.