Talking to Your Doctor About Erectile Dysfunction

By

Landon Trost, MD    

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Understandably, talking to your doctor about erectile dysfunction, or the inability to achieve and maintain an erection firm enough for sex, can be embarrassing for men. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s a relatively common problem. In fact, about 52% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some degree of ED. It can occur in younger men as well.

If it’s a one-time event, there’s probably not much to worry about. But if it’s a chronic issue, it should be discussed with your doctor. ED is not just about your sex life. In a way, the penis can act like a barometer for the body--a measure that more serious issues exist or could be on the way.

Erectile dysfunction affects many men, but since it’s rarely talked about, there are a lot of myths floating around. Can you tell fact from fiction?

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