Denver, CO, USA – March 26, 2014 — Dr. Jesse Mills of the Center for Men’s Health at The Urology Center of Colorado explains commons misconceptions about erectile dysfunction (ED). By separating the medical facts about ED from common disbeliefs, Dr. Mills offers hope with multiple methods of modern treatment that bring relief from this widespread condition.
“It’s a misconception that ED always needs to be treated with medication. Men can do a lot of things to improve their erections that don’t necessarily need either pharmaceutical or surgical intervention,” says Dr. Mills, a fellowship-trained, board-certified urologist. “The best patients invest themselves in their own care and can get involved in different treatment modalities that are pretty easy to adopt.”
The Mayo Clinic agrees. “Problems getting or keeping an erection can be a sign of a health condition that needs treatment, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. Treating an underlying problem may be enough to reverse your erectile dysfunction.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Your doctor can offer several new treatments for ED. For many men, the answer is as simple as taking a pill. Getting more exercise, losing weight, or stopping smoking may also help.”
Dr. Mills dispels the myth that ED is rare or uncommon. “In the United States, an estimated 18 million men have erectile dysfunction. Almost 20% of the male population over age 20 is affected. The idea that it’s uncommon is exacerbated by TV commercials and direct consumer marketing about ED and some of its medical treatment options.”
Erectile dysfunction can affect men of all ages. “At age 40, we start to see an uptick in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction,” continues Dr. Mills. “For men over age 40, the prevalence goes up to about 40% and continues to increase with age. It’s essentially a 10% increase in prevalence with every decade that you’re on this earth: approximately 50% of men in their fifties will have ED, 60% in their sixties, and so on. By the time a guy gets into his eighties or older, it’s very common.”
“Not everybody with this condition necessarily needs treatment for it,” explains Dr. Mills. “That’s important to understand, because a very big misconception is that this condition affects only men. In fact, this really is a couples’ problem. Looking at the amount of marital stressors that I see in my practice, I witness a devastatingly common problem for couples, especially as they get older. I see some patients who are really afraid of losing their marriages because of an inability to achieve erections. This is often overlooked, especially from a female perspective — women, especially those in stable relationships with men, tend to be very supportive and want what’s best for the man.”
Dr. Jesse Mills is the director of the Center for Men’s Health at TUCC, a specialty division dedicated solely to the treatment of men’s urologic health. An active lecturer, author, and investigator in clinical trials, Dr. Mills’ surgical practice specializes in vasectomy reversal, microsurgical sperm retrieval, penile implants, surgical management of Peyronie’s Disease and other male reproductive and sexual disorders. Contact Dr. Mills at: The Urology Center of Colorado, 2777 Mile High Stadium Circle, Denver, CO 80211. Call at (303) 825-TUCC (8822) or toll-free at (877) 825-8898 or visit on the Web at http://www.tucc.com/jesse-mills.15.9.html