Erectile Dysfunction – Everything You’re Wrong About

Debunking the Myth about ED

One of the biggest myths about erectile dysfunction is that it isn’t a common condition and only happens to older men.

Truth time.

Erectile dysfunction happens to a lot of men at all ages and it’s not always a permanent condition. It affects approximately 30 million men in the U.S. Shocked that it’s so common? With the stresses and worries of daily life and the temptations to couch surf on your off time, it’s not surprising that some men “get in their heads” after a poor experience and that becomes the tape that’s played the next time it’s go time.

Difficulty getting it up can get you down and that mind frame can keep you in a loop that perpetuates the problem. Add in work stress, relationships, financial worry, poor diet, decreased sleep, alcohol and no exercise and you have just mixed together the erectile dysfunction recipe, regardless of age.

According to a study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine, one out of every four erectile dysfunction patients is under 40 years old. Erectile dysfunction rates have increased during the last twenty to thirty years, especially among younger men.

Erectile dysfunction is two-fold. It includes difficulty achieving an erection and/or difficulty maintaining an erection. Traditional risk factors include older age, type 2 diabetes, smoking, drugs, being overweight, being physically inactive, drinking too much alcohol, cardiac disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions. Also, certain medications can affect erections such as medications for blood pressure, antidepressants, sedatives, appetite suppressants, and others.  

That’s the traditional stuff. How about trying to keep your sex lives intact with the emotional and psychological components of a more stressful world — where it becomes a mental game and not a physical one. In most younger men, it’s not the physiological components that we see from chronic disease or older age causing a decrease in blood flow to the penis. Nope. Most commonly in younger men, the equipment works just fine — the blood flow is perfect — it’s leading a stressful lifestyle, poor eating, no exercise, bad sleep habits and possibly low testosterone that are typically the issue.

So erectile dysfunction is common. Okay, great news, good to know. Now what?

The good news is that there are lots of ways to treat erectile dysfunction, both medically and through lifestyle changes, and the better news is that Dr. Shaw and his staff at the Austin Urology Institute are experts when it comes to the topic of low T and men’s health in the Austin, Texas area. By now, you’ve come to grips with the reality that you’re among the many with battling low T in Austin, Texas, but there’s good news in that bad news — you’re among the many.

For most men, low T isn’t exactly the easiest topic to talk about, but statistically speaking, you’re far from the only one you know entertaining the idea of testosterone therapy in Austin. Considering the fact that one in four men over the age of 30 are fighting low T, odds are that one of your buddies from poker night or one of your friends you get together with to watch football is contemplating a trip to see Dr. Shaw for low T and testosterone therapy in Austin, Texas.

What awaits when you walk into the Austin Urology Institute, the leader in Austin men’s health? An oasis of insight and guidance to help you get back the sex life you lost somewhere along the way. And not to mention total and complete discretion.

As Dr. Shaw will detail, oftentimes, a combo approach is most effective. Medications like avanafil (Stendra), sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra) and others can be used short term or long term. Checking your testosterone and treating low levels can be the fix. Ruling out any underlying medical conditions is key. However, the most overlooked solution is to cut out the crap from your diet, get moving a few times a week at the gym, lose the extra pounds, rewire your sleep and leave stress at the bedroom door.  

Interested in getting to the root cause of your erectile dysfunction and exploring treatment solutions? Make an appointment at Austin Urology Institute at 512-694-8888.