To improve your symptoms of erectile dysfunction, you must first understand what is causing your condition. Your GP can diagnose any underlying medical conditions or mental health problems that are contributing to the problem. Improving your overall wellbeing and general health is also important, so we recommend that you: 

  • Cut down on your alcohol consumption 
  • Quit smoking 
  • Lose weight (if applicable) 
  • Improve your diet and exercise regularly  
  • Relax and practice self-care

These things all take time to work, so in the meantime some individuals may consider using an ED tablet, like Viagra (sildenafil) or Cialis (tadalafil) to help relieve the symptoms. Known as PDE5 inhibitors, they work by relaxing the arteries at the base of your penis to increase blood flow for a firm, long-lasting erection. Regaining your confidence in the bedroom short-term can be just as important to your long-term recovery as tackling the underlying cause.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Jan 10, 2022 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jan 10, 2022 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm