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Frequently Asked Questions

about Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction symptoms might include persistent:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Trouble keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire

The length of time that it takes to cure your ED will depend on the cause. The important question to ask is how can erectile dysfunction be cured in your particular situation?

Permanent solutions take longer because they require you to fix any underlying problems. For example, you may need to make long-term lifestyle changes or find treatments for underlying conditions before you can get a natural erection again.

Luckily, temporary solutions are available that can work within minutes. These are mostly mechanical devices and prescription medications that you’ll need to use every time you want an erection.

As a last resort, there are also permanent medical interventions that can help — specifically surgery. But keep in mind that surgery involves a lengthy recovery time and isn’t the same as restoring your natural ability to get erections.

Almost all cases of erectile dysfunction are treatable, and treatment can lead to better overall physical and emotional health for nearly every patient as well as improve intimacy for couples.

Oral drugs or pills known as phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors are most often prescribed in the U.S. for ED (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Stendra) Testosterone Therapy (when low testosterone is detected in blood testing) Penile Injections (ICI, intracavernosal Alprostadil) Intraurethral medication (IU, Alprostadil)

All four of the ED medications are approved by the FDA — sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra) and avanafil (Stendra) — are safe for most men to use.

ED is very common. It affects about 30 million men in the United States. Although erectile dysfunction (ED) is very common, it is not a normal part of aging; talk with your health care professional about treatment.

ED can result from health problems, emotional issues, or from both. Some known risk factors are:

  • Being over age 50
  • Having high blood sugar (Diabetes)
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having cardiovascular disease
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Using drugs or drinking too much alcohol
  • Being obese
  • Lacking exercise
  • Even though ED becomes more common as men age, growing old is not always going to cause ED. Some men stay sexually functional into their 80s. ED can be an early sign of a more serious health problem. Finding and treating the reason for ED is a vital first step.

Here are the most common non-invasive ED treatments:

  • Testosterone therapy
  • Penile injections
  • Intraurethral medication
  • Oral drugs (PDE5 inhibitors) like Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, or Stendra

What are PDE5 inhibitors? Short for phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, these are medications that block PDE5, an enzyme in blood vessel walls, causing them to relax and increase blood flow.

Erectile dysfunction does not have a direct impact on fertility. However, it can make it harder for the couple to conceive. Not being able to maintain an erection can lead to stress and low body image that can make a man refrain from sexual intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is defined by difficulty getting and keeping an erection. It can be an embarrassing thing to talk about. It’s been reported that more than half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 experience some form of ED. So take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

Headaches are the most common side effect associated with ED medications. The sudden change in blood flow from the increased levels of nitric oxide causes the headaches. Levitra has the least potential for causing side effects because a lower dose is needed to cause an erection, according to the Boston University School of Sexual Medicine.

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