In this guide, we will be outlining for you in great detail information regarding the causes, cures and treatments of erectile dysfunction. We will also include an introduction and then a breakdown of the most popular erectile dysfunction drug treatment on the market today: Sildenafil, formerly known as, Viagra.
Erectile dysfunction effects man of all ages to varying degrees and there is, generally speaking, a lack of, or misinformation around this once highly sensitive topic. It is our intention with this guide to provide you with as much information as possible so that you can take proactive steps regarding the treatment and the resolution of erectile dysfunction.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
The term erectile dysfunction is used to describe a state whereby an individual is unable to maintain an erection for long enough in order to complete or take part in sexual intercourse. The erection itself may, as stated, not last for a long enough period of time, however it may also not be firm enough in order to engage in sexual intercourse in the first instance. This biological reaction is also often dubbed impotence.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
There are many causes of erectile dysfunction, and the exact cause can often be difficult to diagnose and/or recognise. There are three main groups of causes, namely physical, psychological, and lifestyle. It is important at this stage to note that the cause of erectile dysfunction can be a combination of all three of the aforementioned groups, or a combination of physical and psychological issues, for example. There is also a fourth group of causes, namely drugs and their side effects. The following are examples of physical causes of erectile dysfunction:
- High blood pressure and/or high cholesterol
- Atherosclerosis, as this is associated with clogged blood vessels and in turn can restrict the blood flow to the penis
- The narrowing of the blood vessels in the body (heart disease) or narrowing that is localised to the penis
- Issues that have a negative impact upon the flow of nerves and signals to the penis. An example of such an issue would be Parkinson’s Disease
- A disruption of the normal hormone behaviour, for example, as is experienced with thyroid diseases or other issues that cause problems with the normal functioning of your thyroid
Physical causes of erectile dysfunction are much more common than psychological causes, and therefore ED (erectile dysfunction) that stems from a physical cause is easier and simpler to treat than a psychological stem-cause. The following are examples of psychological issues that can cause erectile dysfunction. These are often slightly harder to diagnose with their effect on erectile dysfunction and male sexual health in general more difficult to delineate :
- Various mental health conditions, most commonly anxiety disorders or depression
- A fear of intimacy or anxiety that stems from physical contact
- Guilt or unhappiness; this can stem from a lack of trust in a relationship, miscommunication or dissatisfaction with your partner on an emotional or a physical level
- Stress; this can take many forms and can be born from stress at work, at home, or a mixture of the two
The following are lifestyle choices that may have a negative impact upon male sexual health and can therefore cause or precipitate erectile dysfunction. These range in severity and often usage or uptake will determine how big an impact lifestyle factors have on ED:
- Smoking or use of any tobacco-based products – this ultimately restricts the blood flow around the body and can also over longer periods of time cause more serious health issues which themselves can then cause erectile dysfunction
- Alcoholism (or consistently extreme alcohol intake)
- Recreational drug abuse (or continued use) especially of stimulants such as cocaine
The following are the side effects of prescription drugs which can cause, as a side effect, erectile dysfunction in varying degrees of severity:
- Digoxin (a heart medication)
- Cimetidine (a medication for treating peptic ulcers)
- Some treatments for anxiety
- Some diuretics
- Some CNS drugs (this includes medicines for sleeping and amphetamine drug groups)
- Some antidepressants (including MAOIs, SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants)
- Some cancer drugs (chemotherapeutic agents)
The above 4 listed groups of causes of erectile dysfunction are by no means exhaustive and it is important to consult your GP or doctor should you believe that ED is a cause of another larger, more serious issue. Most (but not all) erectile dysfunction cases are secondary to another underlying condition or problem.
What Is The Main Cause Of Erectile Dysfunction?
We are often asked what the main cause of erectile dysfunction is, unfortunately there is no set answer and ED is (mostly) a secondary issue that is often caused by a combination of different physical, psychological or lifestyle factors. It is generally understood however that the physical group of causes of erectile dysfunction are the most common. Thankfully, the physical causes are the easiest to cure and treat.
How To Cure Erectile Dysfunction?
Curing erectile dysfunction outright can be a long process and is unlikely to happen overnight. To cure ED completely you need to make yourself aware of what cause groups are affecting you, you then need to take proactive steps to address and solves these causes.
Thankfully, there are many treatments for erectile dysfunction that can completely efface the symptoms of ED. Since the patent ran out on both Viagra and Cialis treatments in the U.K (which meant that companies could reproduce generic copies of Viagra with the exact same components and effects just branded differently) ED treatments are widespread, cost effective and easy to procure. You will however be required to have a consultation to ensure that your taking of the chosen ED treatment is safe and will not result in any health complications. To begin your consultation for Sildenafil with us, please click here.
The generic version of Viagra is sildenafil, which is the exact same drug just without the famous name. There are numerous medical treatments available for erectile dysfunction. We here at PostMyMeds stock various different treatments that we have listed below (please click on the drug name itself for more information):
Which Erectile Dysfunction Drug Is Most Commonly Prescribed?
Sildenafil is the most commonly prescribed and purchased drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction. This is owing to the effects of the drug itself (and the lack of side effects), the cost-effective nature of the ED treatment as well as the fact that the drug is highly tested, regulated and has a long and proven track record of effectiveness. The NHS webpage on sildenafil states that at least two thirds of males who ingested sildenafil had improved erections afterwards. All of this combined means that sildenafil is one of the most popular erectile dysfunction treatments worldwide.
So What Is Sildenafil?
Without going too much into the science of the drug itself, Sildenafil belongs to a group of medications named phosphodiesterase inhibitors. It works by increasing the flow of blood to the penis during periods of heightened sexual arousal. You must be in a state of sexual arousal for sildenafil to work. As stated previously, sildenafil is exactly the same as Viagra, the latter simply being the brand name and the former being the name of the active ingredient in the actual medication itself.
How Often Can I Take Sildenafil?
We would recommend that you take Sildenafil roughly 1 hour before your planned sexual activity. This being said if you decide to take Sildenafil anywhere between 30 minutes and up to 4 hours before the beginning of the sexual activity, you may still be able to benefit from the effects of the drug. If you do take Sildenafil outside of this effectiveness window then you may not be able to experience the full benefit.
With Sildenafil, you are able to take the drug daily should you so wish, and if you are in a healthy and an active sexual relationship that facilitates this usage then it may be suitable. It is important to note however that we would not advise that you take Sildenafil more than once in a 24-hour period.
If you are not in a position to have sexual intercourse everyday then our recommendation would be that you do not take Sildenafil every day. There is no documented cumulative effect associated with the taking of Sildenafil. This means that if you do decide to take it more than once a day, or once a day without having sexual intercourse, you will not benefit from a build-up of the drug in your system as the drug will work its way out of the body quite quickly.
How Long Does It Take For Sildenafil To Take Effect?
The actual time that it will take for sildenafil to take effect will vary from person to person and will depend on a number of different factors including weight, height, and whether or not you have taken the drug on an empty stomach (if you do take the drug on an empty stomach then the effects are sped up considerably). It is generally accepted however that it is normal for sildenafil to take effect roughly between 30-45 minutes after it has been ingested.
How Long Does Sildenafil Last?
How long sildenafil lasts will also vary between individuals. The majority of those who take sildenafil will experience the effects of the drug for up to 3 hours, with close to 100% of the effects having run their course after 5 hours. It is important to know that just like all modern medications, sildenafil has both a half life and an active life. The half-life, or, the amount of time that an active ingredient can exist within the human body, of sildenafil, is 4 hours total. This means that after 4 hours have elapsed, the amount of the drug in your body (/blood) will half, and it will half again after a further 4 hours, and so on until the drug has disappeared completely.
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