Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a very common condition where a man is unable to maintain a firm erection. This can have a serious impact on the affected individual's sex life and self-esteem. To make matters worse, the stigma around ED has led to all kinds of misinformation about the condition and what its symptoms might mean for men who have it.

ED may seem like a taboo subject, but knowing the facts that dispel the myths can help you understand more about this condition and how to treat it successfully.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction affects only older men.

Reality: While it's true that younger men rarely experience it, ED can affect men of any age, as long as they are sexually mature enough to have an erection.

The benchmark age most associated with ED is 40, but many studies have found a significant prevalence of the condition in men younger than that. According to some estimates, ED occurs in 8 percent of men ages 20 to 29, and 11 percent of men ages 30 to 39. Among younger men, the root cause of ED is more likely to be psychological in nature, rather than physical.

Myth: ED