There is a huge amount of pressure on men to keep women on their toes and put some romance in the air. Flowers, chocolates, gifts and grand gestures are all expected. And, of course, romance wouldn't be the same without a little intimacy too. But if that final step is the source of all your worries, don’t worry you’re not alone.
According to the Sexual Advice Association, 2.3 million men in the UK suffering from erectile dysfunction but only about 10% actually receive treatment - an astonishing figure when one considers the effectiveness of the treatments available and the embarrassment felt by men that don't seek treatment.
Let's look a little closer at the issue of ED and the treatments available.
The four most common treatments for erectile dysfunction are Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Spedra – all of which require a prescription. Doctors and pharmacists may recommend any one of these dependent on your age, health and specific requirements. But no matter the prescription they give, there are other important steps that you should take to ensure the treatment is most effective.
- Maintain a healthy diet – The functionality of our circulatory system is directly affected by what we eat. So even if your erectile dysfunction medication is permitted to be taken on an empty stomach, it may be more effective after eating a healthy and hearty meal. Similarly, if you take it after eating food that is high in fat (such as fried food) it may take longer to take effect. Eat well and you could see all the difference.
- Take good care of your heart – Erectile dysfunction is closely linked with an individual’s blood circulation. To get the most out of your treatment, it’s crucial that you take care of your heart and blood vessels. You can do this by ensuring you exercise regularly and by avoiding smoking.
- Plan and have patience – You’ll be met with disappointment if you expect instant results from any erectile dysfunction medication. You won’t get an erection immediately after taking a tablet. The time it takes to see the effects of the medication can differ per prescription and per individual. On average, Viagra takes about an hour, whereas Cialias needs half an hour to show any effects. It’s also important to remember that arousal is still required to achieve an erection. Medication is not there to replace sexual stimulation.
- Drugs disclosure – If you are taking medication for any other health conditions, make sure you tell your doctor or pharmacist. The interaction of certain other medications could lessen the effects of your treatment, or it could lead to unwanted adverse effects. Make sure your doctor has all the facts.
In a very small amount of cases erectile dysfunction medication can lead to priapism – a painful erection that lasts for a period of more than four hours. When undertaking erectile dysfunction treatment, erections should disappear immediately after sex. If you experience priapism, seek medical attention straight away as prolonged erections can cause tissue damage and, in extreme cases, a permanent loss of potency.
The most important thing to remember is to only receive treatment from a doctor or pharmacist – with a prescription. Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition and should be treated as such, with the supervision of a medical professional.
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