September is Sexual Health Month! To help kick off the month, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) is hosting its annual World Sexual Health Day on September 4, 2019. The day was created to break taboos and encourage open dialogue about sex, sexuality and sexual health. In honor of Sexual Health Month, we are debunking a few of the popular myths about erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence or the inability to achieve or keep an erection.
What is sexual health and why is it important? According to the World Health Organization, sexual health is defined as “a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” Talking to your doctor about your sexual health may seem challenging or difficult for many. However, openly talking about any concerns with your health care provider is vital for your overall wellbeing since sexual health is such a significant part of our physical and emotional health.
Erectile dysfunction is much more than a physical condition and could be the sign of an underlying health issue. Here are a few common myths about erectile dysfunction:
Myth #1: Erectile dysfunction only occurs in older men. Although erectile dysfunction is more common in older men, it can occur at any age. In fact, an estimated one in ten men will suffer from the common condition in his lifetime.
Myth #2: Erectile dysfunction is just a man’s problem. Since erectile dysfunction is a complex condition, it is important to not place the blame on your partner. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind while dealing with your partner’s erectile dysfunction:
- Encourage open, honest communication.
- Maintain patience with conservative treatments, such as pills.
- Offer to go with your partner to his doctor visits.
Myth #3: Oral medication is the only way to treat erectile dysfunction. There are many treatment options available to help treat the condition. Typically, it begins with oral medications. However, in some cases, men may be able to restore erectile function by making a few lifestyle changes (e.g. a healthy diet and regular exercise). If these conservative methods don’t work, penile injections may be considered. If all conservative methods fail, we may be able to help. Dr. Eric Wimmers, the Director of The Program for Erectile Dysfunction at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, can perform a minimally invasive nerve transfer procedure to help restore erectile function.
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