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The Fastest and Safest Ways to Cure Erectile Dysfunction

Posted Friday 23 October 2020 12:00 by in Erectile Dysfunction by Harman Bhamra

Did you know that erectile dysfunction affects as many as 30 million men worldwide? With so many men facing such a personal issue, it's no surprise that thousands of people each day attempt to find a cure. Within this guide, we will take you through the fastest and safest ways to cure erectile dysfunction.

What is erectile dysfunction?

When a man is sexually aroused, the brain releases chemicals that increase the blood flow into the penis. The penis has two erection chambers called corpus cavernosum — these spongy muscle tissues fill with blood and relax during arousal — trapping the blood inside. This causes the penis to become firm and erect.

After orgasm, the brain sends another set of signals telling the muscles in the chambers to contract, releasing the blood back into circulation. This causes the erection to come down.

Erectile dysfunction - commonly known as impotence - is a condition where a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection which is firm enough for successful sexual intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction is caused by several physical, emotional, and health factors. For example, men who are overweight, have diabetes, or have high blood pressure may experience ED regardless of age. Emotional causes of erectile dysfunction include anxiety, depression, stress, and conflicts with your sexual partner.

7 Fast and Safe Ways to Cure ED

There are many erectile dysfunction medications available that can help you overcome erectile dysfunction safely and quickly. These are all available right here at Express Pharmacy and can be delivered to your doorstep discreetly.

Viagra

Since it was introduced in the market by Pfizer in 1998, Viagra has grown to become the world’s most popular treatment for erectile dysfunction. The active ingredient in Viagra is Sildenafil citrate — a drug that causes blood vessels in the body (particularly in the penis) to widen. This allows more blood to pass through the penis’ erection chambers.

Viagra is used by men of all ages. This treatment works even with severe cases of ED. Men who have undergone prostatectomy may also use this product. With proper use and stimulation, Viagra can make you ready for sex within an hour.

Sildenafil

Sildenafil is the generic counterpart of Viagra. Once again, this ED treatment contains sildenafil citrate that helps men gain an erection with proper sexual stimulation. Sildenafil works by helping the blood vessels in the penis relax — allowing more blood to flow inside the two chambers of the penis so you can achieve a hard erection.

Sildenafil is prescribed to men of all ages and is designed to work even on severe erectile dysfunction cases. Sildenafil is also cheaper compared to its branded counterparts.

Cialis

Another safe and fast treatment for erectile dysfunction is Cialis. This drug contains the active ingredient Tadalafil which works by allowing more blood to flow into the penis erection chambers.

Cialis can be taken as needed. It’s fast-acting too! Compared to Viagra, Cialis can prepare you for sex in as little as 30 minutes. Effectiveness of Cialis can last up to 36 hours. Men of all ages can use Cialis safely — even those who have health problems like controlled high blood pressure, or diabetes.

Tadalafil

Tadalafil is the generic version of Cialis. Available in an “as needed” formulation, Tadalafil offers men suffering from impotence a fast and safe way to enjoy sex once again. This ED treatment works in as little as 30 minutes and its effects can last up to 36 hours.

Tadalafil is prescribed to men of all ages. No matter how severe your ED is, Tadalafil has you covered. Perfect for men with health problems such as controlled high blood pressure or diabetes.

Spedra

If you are looking for an ED treatment that gets you ready for action in just 15 minutes, Spedra is the answer. This drug contains Avanafil which works by widening the arteries in the body so more blood can flow into the penis. Because the body can absorb Spedra quicker than Viagra, it works earlier and faster too.

Spedra is suitable for all ages, regardless of the severity of your ED.

Levitra

Levitra is a fast-acting and reliable treatment for erectile dysfunction. Like all of the ED treatments above, Levitra works by blocking a certain enzyme, allowing increased blood flow into the penis erection chambers.

Levitra allows you to achieve erection quicker (less than 60 minutes) than Viagra. It lasts longer too (about 12 hours). This product is prescribed to all men regardless of age and ED condition.

Vitaros

Vitaros is not a tablet but a prescription-only ED cream that helps you get an erection fast. It contains the active ingredient Alprostadil which works by allowing the blood vessels in the penis to widen — encouraging more blood to flow and fill the erection chambers.

Vitaros gives men who don’t want to take pills an alternative ED treatment. It works in as little as 5 minutes and allows you to maintain a solid erection for up to 2 hours.

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The Phases of the Menstrual Cycle

Posted Monday 19 October 2020 11:00 by in Women's Medication by Harman Bhamra

During a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, an egg develops and is released from the ovaries. Also during this time, the lining of the uterus thickens in preparation for pregnancy. If pregnancy doesn’t occur, the uterine wall breaks down and sheds out of the body as part of a woman’s monthly period.

And then the cycle starts again.

What many of us don’t know is that there are several phases of the menstrual cycle. This blog will guide you through it from start to finish.

The Menstrual Cycle

Stage 1. The Menstrual Phase

The menstrual phase begins when your egg from the previous cycle is not fertilised. Your levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, causing the lining of your uterus to break down and shed through the vagina. This is the bleeding you experience on a period. Other symptoms during this stage also include:

  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Low back pain
  • Tender breasts
  • Cramps
  • Irritability

For most women, the menstrual phase lasts from three to seven days.

Stage 2. The Follicular Phase

The follicular phase overlaps with your menstrual phase as it also begins on the first day of your period. During this stage, your hypothalamus will signal your pituitary gland to release FSH (follicle-stimulating hormones). These hormones cause your ovaries to grow up to 20 small follicles. Each of these follicles contain an egg and only the healthiest in this batch will eventually mature. In some rare cases, a woman can produce up to two mature eggs. The body absorbs the rest of the follicles.

As your egg matures, your estrogen levels will also increase — stimulating your uterus to build up its lining so the soon to be fertilised egg will have an environment to grow. For healthy women, the average follicular phase is 16 days. However, it can last up to 27 days.

Stage 3. The Ovulation Phase

The follicular phase causes a rise in estrogen levels in the body. Rising estrogen levels then stimulate the pituitary gland to release another type of hormone called the luteinising hormone or LH. This chemical is responsible for ovulation which is the third phase of the menstrual cycle.

During ovulation, your ovary releases a mature egg which travels to the uterus via your fallopian tubes. The mature egg stays here until a sperm fertilises it. You will only get pregnant during the ovulation phase.

How do you know if you are ovulating? Keep an eye on these common symptoms:

  • A thick egg white-like discharge from your vagina
  • A slight rise in your body temperature

If you have a regular menstrual cycle, ovulation usually happens in the middle of your cycle. This stage will only last about 24 hours. If no sperm fertilises the egg during this period, the egg will die.

Stage 4. The Luteal Phase

Your mature follicle changes into a different structure called corpus luteum after it releases its egg. This structure floods your body with high levels of progesterone and estrogen to keep your uterine linings thick and ready in the event of successful fertilisation.

If you get pregnant, your body will produce another hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG. This hormone is responsible for maintaining the corpus luteum which in turn keeps your uterine wall thick. Pregnancy test kits in the market are specifically designed to detect the presence of hCG.

However, if you don’t get pregnant, the corpus luteum shrinks and is reabsorbed into the body. As a result, your progesterone and estrogen levels drop causing the linings in your uterus to shed. The menstrual phase then starts again.

For healthy women, the average luteal phase lasts about 14 days. During this phase, you may experience symptoms of PMS which includes:

  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Cravings
  • Inability to sleep
  • Bloating
  • Swelling or tenderness in the breasts

Regulate your menstrual cycle using contraceptive pills

Many women choose to delay their menstrual cycle for health, travel, and personal reasons. One of the best ways to regulate your period is by using contraceptive pills. There are two common types of contraceptive pills in the market:

Combined Pills - a type of contraceptive pill that contains synthetic versions of progesterone and estrogen. This helps regulate your menstrual cycle by stopping the ovulation phase.

Mini Pills - these contraceptive pills contain progesterone and are often the recommended choice for women who are overweight and have high blood pressure. Mini pills work in the same way as combined pills.

Contraceptive pills come in packs. For 21-day packs, you’ll get your period during the fourth week. For 28-day packs, you’ll get your period after taking your pills for four weeks. Lastly, there’s the 91-day pack where you get your period every 12 weeks.

The common side effects of contraceptive pills include:

  • Mood changes
  • Migraines
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Increased blood pressure

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Foods to Avoid With Acid Reflux

Posted Friday 16 October 2020 11:30 by in Acid Reflux by Harman Bhamra

We’re sure you’re familiar with the feeling of bitter stomach acid slowly creeping up your throat, causing heartburn and leaving gassy bloat in your stomach. Acid reflux is no joke and the foods you eat are usually to blame. In this blog post, you will learn what food to avoid with acid reflux as well as what foods can help you feel better.

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a condition where stomach acid travels up to your oesophagus causing an unpleasant feeling in your chest, neck, and throat.

Stomach acid helps to break down the food you eat. It’s meant to stay in the stomach with help from a muscle called the lower oesophagus sphincter (LES). The LES tightens once food passes into the stomach, but unfortunately, some people don’t have a strong LES muscle causing them to suffer from acid reflux regularly.

Other causes of acid reflux include:

  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Late-night snacking
  • Weather
  • Certain medications

What are the common symptoms of acid reflux?

Common symptoms of acid reflux include:

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Dysphagia
  • Hiccups

In severe cases of acid reflux, you may experience:

  • Asthma
  • Enamel damage

Foods to avoid with acid reflux

Although still debatable, many experts believe that certain types of food can aggravate acid reflux. So, if you suffer from acid reflux regularly, it’s best to avoid these foods as much as you can:

Spicy foods

Chilli powders and peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that makes these ingredients taste spicy. According to researchers, foods containing capsaicin can cause abdominal pain and heartburn if you have a gastrointestinal disorder or acid reflux.

Certain beverages

Some of these are probably your favourite. Consume these drinks in moderation if you are suffering from acid reflux. If you can, eliminate these from your diet completely.

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda and other carbonated beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Tomato juice
  • Citrus juice

Some people with acid reflux can tolerate these beverages. Pay attention to your body and see if you have the same tolerance or not.

Certain fruits and vegetables

While fruits and vegetables are healthy and good for you, certain types of fruits and veggies can make your acid reflux symptoms worse. The common culprits include:

  • Tomato and tomato-based products
  • Pineapple
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Citrus fruits like lime, grapefruit, orange, and lemon

Foods high in fat

Fatty foods are responsible for lowering the pressure on your LES. They also delay stomach emptying — increasing your risks of developing acid reflux symptoms. Some foods that are rich in fat include:

  • Butter
  • Whole milk
  • French fries and onion rings
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Salad dressings that have high-fat content
  • Red meat especially ribs and sirloin
  • Potato chips
  • Chocolate
  • Mint

Foods that are good for acid reflux

According to doctors, a balanced diet rich in protein, fruits, and vegetables is good for acid reflux. Below are some of your options:

Chicken breast - chicken breast has a lot of protein. To take the most out of it, remove the fatty skin and cook the meat in the oven or over the grill. Don’t fry it.

Brown rice - rich in carbohydrates, brown rice can make you feel full fast! Just cook it the regular way and as usual, avoid frying.

Oatmeal - Oatmeal is rich in fibres that help aid digestion. It’s also good for the heart.

Melons - melons and its cousins (cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew) contain low acid levels — making them perfect for those with acid reflux.

Vegetables - especially fennel, celery, sweet peppers, and lettuce. These veggies are not only healthy, but they are also very easy on the stomach.

Ginger - if you are looking for something to curb your cravings without triggering your acid reflux, try chewing on dried ginger!

Preventing acid reflux

Aside from watching the food you eat, certain lifestyle changes can also help against acid reflux. Some of the things you can do include:

  • Avoid late snacking
  • Avoid eating large meals
  • Change your sleeping position (make sure that your head is above the level of your waist. This is to prevent stomach acid from moving up)

There are also many tablets for acid reflux available to purchase from Express Pharmacy. These tablets alleviate symptoms of acid reflux and help to prevent it from coming back.

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The Shocking Relationship Between Coronavirus and Mental Health

Posted Saturday 10 October 2020 12:00 by in Express Pharmacy by Harman Bhamra

COVID-19 has truly shaped the way we live our lives. Not only has this infectious disease forced us to maintain distance from each other - it has also caused us to live in fear, uncertainty, and grief. In one way or another, we are all suffering - some more so than others. Here is the shocking relationship between Coronavirus and mental health.

Covid-19 and your mental health

1. You feel depressed, traumatised, and anxious

Several studies show that people have experienced worse mental health problems during the pandemic — experiencing elevated symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than half of the respondents showed signs of depression while over 30% showed symptoms of serious anxiety.

Anxiety and depression keep you from resting fully, creating a vicious cycle which makes your mental health even worse.

How to overcome:

Limit your exposure to the news - negative reports about Covid-19 will only make your anxiety worse. So, try to limit your exposure to this information.

Build a circle of support around you - this includes a group of people or tools that you can lean on when times are hard. For example, a friend who checks up on you every morning and night to make sure everything is ok. Or someone who can do some groceries for you when you are not feeling well.

Don’t forget the basics - if you want to take care of your mental health, take care of your body. Keep yourself hydrated, eat balanced meals, move around, and exercise. Keep your old routine or create a new one and do your best to follow it every day.

Acknowledge that you are worthy of support - remember that you are worthy of support. Though hard, be kind to yourself and believe that people are there to help you. Despite being under pressure, most GP, pharmacies, and mental health professionals are still operating and are there to help. You should never suffer in silence.

2. You feel lonely

Social distancing measures have left many of us feeling isolated and lonely. According to a study, young people in the UK between 18 to 24 years old are most likely to experience loneliness since the beginning of the lockdown. Almost 45% of young adults reported feeling this way.

How to overcome:

Use technology to connect with people - stay in touch with your family and friends virtually. You may not feel the warmth of their touch but you can still smile as you connect with them through Facebook, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. If you are not tech-savvy, consider a regular phone call or even writing letters.

Help others - reaching out to others who might be lonely can help you feel good. You’ll never know how much difference a phone call or message makes to someone who badly needs it.

Take a walk - if you feel lonely, consider taking a walk around your neighbourhood. Walking can help you relax and reconnect with nature. Just make sure to keep a safe distance from others.

3. Dealing with change and loss

All of us have been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. Many of us have lost our personal freedom and a great number of people are struggling to cope with the loss of income or a job. Tragically, many of us have also dealt with the loss of a loved one.

Someone or something that is important in your life is no longer there.

When you lose something or someone, your body and mind will react to this change. In some cases, this change can make your world feel like it’s falling apart. During this time, you may experience sadness, anxiety, shock, anger, grief, and guilt. And as a result, your ability to sleep, eat, make decisions, and concentrate suffers. Some people also experience physical pain like headaches and fatigue.

How to overcome:

Adjusting to change, loss and bereavement takes time. Here are the things you can do to help yourself:

Don’t hide your feelings to yourself - let the pain out. Talk to friends or family through a phone call or a video call. Some people write down their feelings while others use music as an outlet. Whatever your coping mechanism is, always remind yourself that what you are feeling is normal and that it’ll pass.

Do something that will make you feel good - a great way to distract yourself is to try something new like growing plants, making music, watching a movie, reading a book, or revisiting some old hobbies.

Learn to give to others - sometimes, a simple act of kindness benefits the giver more than the receiver. Consider volunteering or reaching out to someone who might be lonely.

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What Causes a Smoking Addiction?

Posted Sunday 04 October 2020 11:00 by in Smoking Cessation by Harman Bhamra

People addicted to smoking often find it hard to quit the habit for good. In this article, we are going to explore the main causes of smoking addictions and provide ways on how to spot and prevent them before it’s too late.

When do people start smoking?

Most smoking addictions start out of curiosity — particularly during teenage years. Studies show that those who have friends or family members who smoke are more likely to smoke than those who have a non-smoking circle.

Those who start smoking will eventually become addicted to nicotine — a very addictive drug found in cigarettes. According to studies, 90% of adult smokers started before they were 18 years old. This means that 75% of high school smokers will become addicted to smoking when they turn to adulthood. 25% of these adult smokers are at risk of dying from tobacco-related diseases.

Defining addiction

Addiction is compulsory dependence on a product despite its harmful consequences. Addiction is mental and emotional. Smoking addicts are hooked to nicotine which is known to be as addictive and destructive as cocaine.

What are the symptoms of nicotine addiction?

On average, a regular cigarette contains between 1 to 2 mg of nicotine. The amount of nicotine you take in will depend on several factors (e.g. how deep you inhale, number of puffs, etc.). Below, we list down some of the common symptoms of a nicotine addiction so you’ll know when your smoking habit is getting out of hand:

You can’t stop - one of the surefire signs of nicotine dependence is your inability to stop despite trying many times before.

You experience withdrawal symptoms - nicotine withdrawal symptoms vary from one person to another. Some of the common ones include:

  • Strong cravings
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased hunger
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling sad
  • Inability to focus or concentrate

You continue your smoking habit despite health warnings - another sign of a smoking addiction is choosing to ignore the health warnings because you can’t stop.

Your smoking affects your quality of life - some heavy smokers stop socialising with friends and families because the situation doesn’t allow them to smoke.

How nicotine “hooks” you

Nicotine from tobacco enters your bloodstream through your lungs. From there, it travels to the brain, flooding its reward circuits with a chemical known as dopamine (e.g: the happy hormone). This explains the high that smokers feel whenever they smoke.

The problem is that the effects of nicotine wear off after a few minutes, causing the smoker to long for the feeling again. This leads to a vicious cycle of smoking so that the ‘high’ can be felt again.

Your body tends to adapt to the amount of nicotine in your bloodstream. As your tolerance increases, the number of cigarettes you need to smoke in order to get the same high will also increase — leading to a full-blown addiction.

Know your smoking triggers

Smoking is often connected to your emotions and other habits. For example, common patterns that lead to smoking include:

  • Drinking coffee
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Spending time with friends who smoke

The best way to deal with these triggers is to be mindful. Identify which of these triggers affect you and make a plan on how to deal with them. Knowing and then dealing with these smoking triggers is one of the first steps to successfully stop smoking.

On the emotional side, some people smoke because it’s their way of coping up with stress and PTSD. Aside from getting support from your loved ones, counselling is also a great way to deal with emotional stress.

When to get help

There are many ways to stop smoking. And you are not alone on this journey. The majority of smokers make several attempts to quit before committing fully.

The best way to stop smoking is by experimenting with various methods. From medication to nicotine patches, there are so many resources to help you.

Doctors and counsellors can even give you a structured treatment plan that addresses the physical, social, and emotional aspects of nicotine addiction. This treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and your doctor may even prescribe you certain medications to increase your likelihood of quitting the habit for good.

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