Due to the perceived stigma that goes along with erectile dysfunction, there is a lot of bad information floating around about it. Some men are so embarrassed that they don’t even talk to their doctor about it. We put together this short video quiz to clear up some of those ED myths.
Erectile Dysfunction Quiz
Let’s start with an easy one.
1. Is erectile dysfunction just a natural process that all men go through as they get older?
Is it a) Yes or b) No?
A lot of people think getting ED is just a part of getting older, but it is not. So, the answer is B No. This common misperception can have far-reaching health repercussions and prevent some from getting the care they really do need.
2. Erectile Dysfunction doesn’t just affect older men. According to the American Journal of Medicine, what percentage of 20-39 year olds have difficulty with ED?
Is it a) 5% b) 10% c) 15% or d) 20%?
In that study by the American Journal of Medicine, 85 percent of men aged 20-39 say they “always” or “almost always” can get or maintain an erection. That means the correct answer is C 15% for those of you who are math challenged. Getting older increases your chances of experiencing ED, but it can happen when you’re younger too!
3. ED is only caused by low testosterone levels?
Is the answer a) No or b) yes?
While low testosterone levels can contribute to erectile issues, if you already have levels in the normal range, adding testosterone won’t do anything. And even if your levels are low, raising it might not help with ED. So, the answer is A No. There can be many different causes for ED.
This next one can be tricky. Let’s see if you get it.
4. Which of the following diseases is not a physical cause of erectile dysfunction?
Is it a) heart disease b) diabetes c) multiple sclerosis or d) hepatitis C?
Did you guess C multiple sclerosis? If you did, you are incorrect. The actual answer is hepatitis C. That disease can be spread through the penis, but it doesn’t harm the penis’ capability to function normally.
5. Which of the following ways is NOT a way to diagnose erectile dysfunction?
Is it a) blood test b) mental health exam c) urinalysis or d) catheter?
Considering who’s giving you this quiz, we’d hope you already know that the answer isn’t A. Actually, a blood test is one of the first thing a doctor would want from someone complaining of ED. The actual answer is D. There is no call to stick a catheter up you in order to diagnose the problem.
6. Which of the following erectile dysfunction myths are untrue?
Is it a) ED can be caused by tight underwear b) erections change naturally as men age c) men with ED have no sex drive or d) erectile dysfunction is not dangerous?
The answer is A. Tight underwear can affect fertility, but not a man’s ability to achieve or keep an erection. Not only is D true, but it can be a sign of a really serious disease as we discussed above: heart disease, diabetes, even cancer. That’s why it’s important not to chalk up ED to something that just happens.
Last question. We’ll make it an easy one.
7. You can only cure erectile dysfunction with the use of a little blue pill or similar type of medication?
Do you think the answer is a) yes or b) no?
If you’ve been paying attention to our quiz, you’ll notice that the causes can vary. Consequently, the cure can vary too. Since it’s a symptom of other diseases, managing them can also cure ED. So the answer is B no.
*Sources: Mayo Clinic, Men’s Health, WebMD, HealthCentral, AARP