Facts and Fables erectile dysfunction

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Facts and Fables erectile dysfunction

Discover the truth about erectile dysfunction. The Internet is packed with stories about erection problems and how to solve them, many of them total nonsense. But we take the subject seriously. So, to be open and honest with you, below we present the proven facts and debunk the myths.

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Erectile dysfunction: the fables

FABLE 1: Erection pills keep you hard for hours, whether you like it or not. In fact, a lot of what the Internet has to say about pills is rubbish. And this story simply isn’t true: even with a pill, you always need some kind of arousal or stimulation to actually get an erection.1

FABLE 2: Because you only fail occasionally, you don’t have a problem. In reality, any trouble having an erection, or getting one hard enough for penetration, could be a symptom of something more serious.2,3

FABLE 3: Erectile dysfunction is an old man’s problem. Although the chances do increase with age, actually the problem can strike anyone, young or old.4 But however old you are, there are plenty of treatments that can help.

FABLE 4: Buying erection pills online is as safe as getting them from your GP. In fact, more than 50 per cent of pills bought on the internet are fakes. At best useless, at worst downright dangerous.5

Erectile dysfunction: the facts

FACT 1: Men with erectile dysfunction often have trouble discussing the issue, even with their GP.6 But if you are suffering problems, we strongly advise you to consult a medical professional.

FACT 2: Dividing pills may seem a good way to save money, but it’s not a sensible idea. Dr Simon Gaisford warns that taking only part of a pill can seriously reduce its effectiveness.7 And in some cases it can be harmful to your health.

FACT 3: Medication for erectile dysfunction is sometimes available on the NHS, but not always.8 Many patients therefore need to pay for private prescriptions.

FACT 4: Smoking isn’t only bad for your lungs, it’s bad for your erections too. That’s because of the damage it does to your blood vessels. A regular smoker could well start suffering from erectile dysfunction by the age of 35.9

Help for erectile dysfunction

These are just some of the facts and fables about erectile dysfunction. But one thing is always certain: it’s a frustrating problem for any man affected. Fortunately, though, there are solutions that can really help. So don't ignore it and seek treatment as soon as you start to experience problems.

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[1] Human and Health (2017). Cialis (Tadalafil) against a flaccid penis, does it really help? Retrieved May 30, 2017, from mens-en-gezondheid.infonu.nl.

[2] National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (2015). Erectile dysfunction. Retrieved May 30, 2017, from kidney.niddk.nih.gov.

[3] Rosen RC, Cappelleri JC, Smith MD, Lipsky J, Peña BM (1991). Development and evaluation of an abridged, 5-item version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) as a diagnostic tool for erectile dysfunction. International Journal of Impotence Research; 11:319-326.

[4] Feldman HA, Goldstein I, Hatzichristou DG, Krane RJ, McKinlay JB (1994). Impotence and its medical and psychosocial correlates: results of the Massachusetts Male Aging Study. Journal of Urology; 151:54-61.

[5] World Health Organization (2010). Growing threat from counterfeit medicines. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from who.int.

[6] Everything About Urology (2015). Facts or Fables. Retrieved September 2, 2015, from allesoverurologie.nl.

[7] Daly Mail (2015). Why so many pills are TOO BIG to swallow: And why it's safe to crush or cut up some - but not others. Retrieved May 30, 2017, from: dailymail.co.uk.

[8] NHS Choices (2017). Erectile dysfunction (impotence) - Treatment. Retrieved May 30, 2017, from nhs.uk.

[9] Human and Health (2015). Erectile dysfunction, facts and solutions. Retrieved September 3, 2015, from mens-en-gezondheid.infonu.nl.

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