Erectile Dysfunction & Male Impotance. After all, erectile dysfunction (ED) is a highly common condition, affecting approximately half of all men between the age of 40 and 70 to some degree.

 

Also known as ‘male impotence’, ED in simple terms is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Even though more men are coming forward to discuss the issue, a stigma still clouds the thought of broaching the subject of ED with a doctor.

 

Perhaps it is embarassment at bringing up the issue with a family GP, or other factors such as struggling to find the time to arrange a doctor’s appointment, but thousands of men are now turning to the internet in search of treatments. An thorough online consultation with a fully-registered GMC-doctor now means that a face-to-face doctor’s consultation is not always necessary.

 

If the erection problems are persistent and lasting longer than several weeks, then it is advisable to see your own doctor for further assessments, as the problems may be linked to a more serious health condition, such as heart disease (whereby the heart’s blood supply has become blocked or interrupted).

 

Ultimately, ED may be the result of one of a number of possible causes, both physical and psychological. Physical causes include health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, surgery/an injury and hormonal problems such as an underactive thyroid.

 

In addition, there are psychological factors that can lead to ED. These include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship problems, stress, and even the fear of sex or ‘sexual failure’. The latter is particularly suffered by men recently entering new relationships and have yet to have sexual intercourse with their partner.

 

Those suffering with ED and who speak to their GP, may find the GP will assess their lifestyle choices and risk factors for conditions like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, and could refer their patient for screenings to determine if any such serious diseases are present. The doctor may also quiz the patient about their home and working life, relationships etc. to find possible psychological factors behind the erection problems.

 

Sexual counselling may be offered to men who could find the therapy to be advantageous. Speaking to a trained psychologist or counsellor may help to subside the stress and worries in the patient’s life, and fully getting to the root of such problems can unable someone to fight them head-on.

 

There are basic lifestyle changes which any man can make to reduce their ED risk. For example, quitting smoking is a major beneficial thing to consider doing due to the fact that smoking damages the arteries, causing a restriction of blood supply to the penis.

 

Adopting a regular exercise regime is also recommended. Regular exercise can help to boost cardiovascular health and get blood pumping around the body more efficiently.

 

Drastically reducing alcohol consumption is an absolute must with regards to better erections. Not only does drinking alcohol often cause the much dreaded short-term problem known as ‘brewer’s droop’, it is widely thought that long-term alcohol abuse can contribute to irreversible sexual dysfunction for men due to its destructive nature on the nervous system.

 

Viagra

 

Active ingredient: Sildenafil.

 

Dosage: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg.

 

Usage: One tablet in a 24 hour period, as required.

 

When to take: 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to sexual activity.

 

Lasts: Up to 4 hours.

 

Characteristics: Reportedly ‘most potent’, meaning lower doses can offer great value. Some say they have experienced more minor side effects in comparison to other ED medications. There has to be sexual stimulation/foreplay for the medication to successfully work.

 

Cialis

 

Active ingredient: Tadalafil.

 

Dosage: 10 mg, 20 mg.

 

Usage: One tablet in a 24 hour period, as required.

 

When to take: 15 to 30 minutes prior to sexual activity.

 

Lasts: Up to 36 hours.

 

Characteristics: Most expensive and nicknamed by many as ‘The Weekender’ due to how long the benefits can be seen in patients. Some men have reported fewer side effects with using Cialis. There has to be sexual stimulation/foreplay for the medication to successfully work.

 

Levitra

 

Active ingredient: Vardenafil.

 

Dosage: 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg.

 

Usage: One tablet in a 24 hour period, as required.

 

When to take: 1 hour prior to sexual activity.

 

Lasts: Up to 4 to 5 hours.

 

Characteristics: Can sometimes work faster on a full stomach compared to its counterparts. The medication has been shown to be effective in men with underlying health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Levitra has been shown to be efficient in men who have not responded to Viagra. There has to be sexual stimulation/foreplay for the medication to successfully work.

 

Cialis Daily

 

Active ingredient: Tadalafil.

 

Dosage: 2.5 mg, 5 mg.

 

Usage: One tablet a day.

 

When to take: Approximately the same time each day for consistency.

 

Lasts: The mild dose will be in your body every day when taking them.

 

Characteristics: Suitable for men in sexually active long-term relationships. Beneficial in that the mild dose will be in your body each day, meaning you do not have to take a tablet each time you have sex. Your body should begin to adjust to the medication’s ingredients and resulting in very little side effects, if any.

 

Levitra ODT (Orodispersible)

 

Active ingredient: Vardenafil.

 

Dosage: 10mg.

 

Usage: One tablet in a 24 hour period, as required.

 

When to take: 10 to 15 minutes prior to sex.

 

Lasts: Up to 4 to 5 hours.

 

Characteristics: A major benefit of using Levitra ODT is that it dissolves quickly in your mouth and enters the blood stream faster than the regular Levitra. Levitra ODT also takes effect quicker than Viagra and Cialis. The medication has been shown to be effective in men with underlying health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Levitra has been shown to be efficient in men who have not responded to Viagra. There has to be sexual stimulation/foreplay for the medication to successfully work.