Perhaps what most doctors tell their patients when they talk about their inability to have and maintain an erection is that there is nothing to be ashamed of and that, in fact, raising it can lead to an even more serious problem. .
It is a very common disorder and that millions of men have experienced at least at some point in their lives.
In BBC Mundo we analyze some of the most common beliefs to know if they have scientific support.
1. "It's a problem of the old"
No, although it is a very common problem, particularly in older men, young people can also suffer from erectile dysfunction.
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According to the National Health System (NHS), it is estimated that "half of all men between 40 and 70 will suffer in some degree."
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Angela Gregory, a psychosexual therapist in England, notes that one of the questions she asks her young patients is about her consumption of pornography.
However, Angela Gregory, a psychosexual therapist who addresses cases of erectile dysfunction referred by the NHS, told the BBC about her experience with young patients.
"What I have seen in the last 16 years, particularly in the last five years, is an increase in the number of young men who have derived us," he said.
"Our experience is that, historically, the men who were referred to our clinic with erectile dysfunction problems were older men whose difficulties were related to diabetes or cardiovascular disease."
"These young men have no organic disease, as they have been examined by their GPs and everything is fine."
"Therefore, one of the first questions we always ask them is about their habits of masturbation and (consumption of) pornography, because that may be the cause of their problems when maintaining an erection with their partner," he said.
Luisa, a young woman who asked not to be identified, told BBC Mundo that her 28-year-old boyfriend had experienced erectile dysfunction.
"The first time we tried to have sex, he was very nervous and it didn't work. The more he tried, the less it turned out. I felt a little frustrated, but conversing with friends I realized that it is a more common problem than I thought," Indian.