Learn More About Erectile Dysfunction
Most frequently asked questions about ED treatment are found below.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition in men which affects the ability to achieve and maintain an erection for sexual activity. It most commonly effects men over the age of 45 but can happen to men of all ages.
There can be various causes of erectile dysfunction. The most common is psychological and is often due to excess stress.
It’s perfectly normal to have occasional problems with getting or maintaining an erection. It is usually caused by things such as stress or alcohol.
However, if you find that you have a persistent problem in getting and maintaining an erection during sex you should speak to your doctor. There are a number of erectile dysfunction tablets available that can help.
All ED treatments licensed in the UK work in a similar way. They widen the blood vessels in the penis and increased blood flow when you are sexually excited. This increased blood flow makes it much easier to get and keep and erection.
The medication is available as a tablet and is taken 15-60 minutes before sexual intercourse, depending on the specific drug.
Read our Experience Insight comparing the different ED medication and how they work: Truth About ED Medication
Lifestyle measures such as losing weight, reducing alcohol intake and quitting smoking will help erectile dysfunction. If the cause is due to excess stress, there are many measures you can try to reduce. Please read our expert insight on stress here.
If these do not help there are many different ED treatment options available.
ED tablets are usually quite well tolerated. Side effects commonly include: red eyes, headaches and facial flushing. You should not take erectile dysfunction tablets or pills if you have any heart problems as they can cause a sudden fall in blood pressure.