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7 Myths About Erectile Dysfunction

What’s common knowledge about ED—and what isn’t.

For years, no one talked about erectile dysfunction—at least, not in public. Then, a pharmaceutical company developed a much-talked-about drug designed to conquer the problem, and suddenly, no one was afraid to discuss it. However, despite the fact that the common problem of erectile dysfunction (ED) is now out in the open—and about half of men over 40 experience some degree of ED—a number of myths still persist.

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