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Erectile dysfunction: a definition.

Here goes (ahem). Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the failure to achieve and maintain an erection strong enough for sex.

Let’s face it, most men run into this problem at some point. Often it’s just a one-time thing. But it’s when it keeps happening that it becomes a problem you should take up with a doctor.

How long it needs to be happening for it to be medically defined as ED is a subject pretty open to discussion. There is an actual, officially recognized scale of ED. It’s called The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and gives men an ED ‘score’, based on their erection habits over the previous month.

Normally, a doctor will just make an assessment by asking a man a few questions about his symptoms and general health.

Who gets ED?

About 50% of men over 40[1].

That’s what NHS Scotland say (and we believe them).

But any man of any age can get erectile dysfunction.

We’ve seen the TV commercials for ED medication. Older men strolling with their partners across a sunset beach. These ads target men in this age group, and it figures. Because as men get older, they’re more susceptible to health problems like high blood pressure or poor circulation, that can cause difficulty getting an erection.

But ED is a young man’s problem too. As well as the physical side of it, there’s the psychological side. Lots of younger men starting new relationships can feel pressure to satisfy their partner, and this can induce ED. Men early in their professional careers can feel stressed out at times, and this can cause ED as well.

So in fact, the answer to the question ‘Who gets ED?’ is anyone (and in some way or another, at some time, probably everyone).

How do you treat erectile dysfunction?

For men with ED, medicine can help.

Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil), Levitra (Vardenafil) and Spedra (Avanafil) all have their own unique characteristics. Some are less expensive than others, some get to work quicker and some last for longer in the body. So as well as a doctor’s opinion, personal choice comes into it too.

That said, not everyone needs treatment. ED symptoms can go away on their own, and some men may be able to improve their erections just by improving their lifestyle. Whether it’s exercising, eating and sleeping better, quitting tobacco or cutting down alcohol intake, or talking about things with a partner.

On the other hand, you may want to think about medication if you’ve tried these fixes and they haven’t worked.

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Last updated 14/04/2021

WE OFFER [count] DIFFERENT ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION TREATMENT OPTIONS.

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
Cialis
Tadalafil

Cialis

Cialis is an erectile dysfunction tablet that can last all weekend (for up to 36 hours).

Levitra
Vardenafil

Levitra

Levitra is a drug for ED which works to give you harder, firmer erections.

Sildenafil
Sildenafil

Sildenafil

Sildenafil is a tablet that helps you get and keep an erection strong enough for sex.

Spedra
Avanafil

Spedra

Gets to work from 15 minutes. Lasts for up to 5 hours.

Tadalafil
Tadalafil

Tadalafil

Tadalafil is an erectile dysfunction drug better known as generic Cialis.

Vardenafil
Vardenafil

Vardenafil

Generic version of Levitra, Same medication, lower price.

Viagra
Sildenafil

Viagra

Viagra is a prescription pill that helps you get and keep an erection.

Viagra Connect
Sildenafil

Viagra Connect

Works in the same way as Viagra, but you don’t need a prescription for it.

LET’S TAKE CARE OF YOU.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ED

What is ED?

Also known as impotence, erectile dysfunction is when a man has persistent problems getting and sustaining an erection. Sometimes, this may be difficulty getting hard enough for sex. Other times, it may be not staying hard for long enough for sex to happen.

There are several possible causes. It can be down to physical problems (being overweight, having high blood pressure), psychological problems (anxiety or depression) or a combination of the two.

In the body, ED is caused by loss of circulation to the penis, where the arteries at the base of the penis contract and don’t let blood through. An enzyme called PDE5 plays a part in this, and makes the arteries tighter.

Treatment for ED works by countering the effects of PDE5, so blood can flow into the penis, and help it to become erect during periods of sexual arousal.

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