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ED - Myths versus the facts

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is uncommon.


FACT : A large health survey found half of men aged 40 to 70 years had some degree of difficulty achieving and/or maintaining an erection.1

ED doesn’t affect your health and you should learn to live with it.


FACT : ED is a significant source of emotional stress and can lead to poor self-image, loss of self-confidence and depression. Unfortunately, embarrassment and unwillingness to discuss sexual matters openly mean ED often remains undiagnosed and untreated. It is important to seek medical advice and appropriate treatment.

ED is a natural part of ageing.


FACT : Sex is an important part of a healthy relationship, and, in fact, people of all ages can enjoy an active sex life. Numerous surveys have shown that an active sex life is now considered a very normal part of aging.

Sex leads to loss of energy and is bad for people with diabetes, tuberculosis and bladder cancer.


FACT : People with diabetes, tuberculosis and bladder cancer can have healthy sex lives; talk to your doctor if you have questions or doubts.

Masturbation causes ED and loss of energy.


FACT : ED is not caused by masturbation.

ED is the fault of the female partner.


FACT : The blame for ED is sometimes wrongly directed at the female partner. When, in actual fact, an underlying medical condition may be the cause of ED. Studies have shown that four out of five men with ED have an underlying medical condition that can be overcome with proper treatment. Psychological factors can also lead to ED. The important thing is not to place blame and not let sex problems arise as a barrier. Women can play a major role in addressing ED by talking to their partners about consulting a doctor.

ED means loss of interest in sex, lack of vigour or sterility.


FACT : In most cases, affected men retain the desire and the ability to have an orgasm and ejaculate. Hence, ED means a difficulty with erections, not a loss of interest in sex, sterility, or a lack of strength, vigour or power.

Circumcision helps reduce ED.


FACT : There is no evidence to support the claim that circumcision helps reduce ED. Circumcision is primarily a method to improve penis cleanliness.

The best treatment for ED is the use of herbs.


FACT : Various ED treatment alternatives are available and they should be discussed with a doctor. Current medically tested treatments available for ED include oral medication, intraurethral suppositories, injectable medicine, vacuum devices, penile implants, and counselling and sex therapy.

There is no need to be concerned about what causes ED.


FACT : The failure of sufferers to seek understanding and treatment is especially unfortunate because ED is a treatable condition. Also it may be a symptom of another underlying medical problem that may be uncovered and treated after ED is diagnosed.