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The Science Behind Erectile Dysfunction

Posted Friday 23 November 2018 15:01 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Despite being one of the most common sexual health concerns for men, many people remain in the dark about what actually causes erectile dysfunction

With the holiday season fast approaching, many men are facing the reality of another festive period with erectile dysfunction. This can put a serious dampener on celebrations, and cause men to lose confidence and feel alone.

Yet, it is important to state that impotence is a widespread problem that can affect many men at some point in their life. One study from the Co-Op Pharmacy found that impotence affects 4.3 million men in the UK, the equivalent of one in five British men. But for such a common condition, many men are still unsure about what is actually at the root of their erectile problems. Understanding the condition is the first step to treating it effectively, which is why we’re here to clarify the science behind erectile dysfunction. Let’s take a look.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

An erection occurs when blood fills the penile chambers. This causes the penis to become enlarged and firm. However, in order to this to happen, a complex series of processes need to take place. An erection requires the release of a chemical called cGMP. This relaxes the blood vessels in the penis and makes it easier for blood to enter the penis and cause an erection.

When orgasm occurs and blood begins to drain from the area, an enzyme called PDE-5 is released to break down the cGMP chemical. However, in some men the PDE-5 enzyme is too active, stopping cGMP from widening the blood vessels before orgasm occurs. This makes it harder for men to reach and sustain a state of erection. This lies at the root of erectile dysfunction.

How does treatment work?

Once you understand the science behind the causes of erectile dysfunction, it becomes easier to understand how effective medication can work to treat the condition. Erectile dysfunction treatments broadly fall under the category of PDE-5 inhibitors. As the name suggests, these treatments inhibit the activity of the PDE-5 enzyme and subdue it, allowing the cGMP chemical to do its job properly. This intervention stops the blood vessels in the penis from contracting and makes it significantly easier to achieve and maintain an erection.

Popular PDE-5 inhibitors include treatments such as Sildenafil, Spedra, Levitra and, of course, Viagra.

Erectile dysfunction and mental health

While the bodily processes behind erectile dysfunction are largely physical, your mental health can play a huge part in increasing your symptoms.

Anxiety and depression can be significant factors in causing erectile dysfunction, and in some cases treating these wider conditions is necessary in order to improve your erectile issues. For most people, erectile dysfunction is the result of a vicious cycle between mental and physical health. Most erectile dysfunction is caused by physical factors, but when it occurs it can significantly increase feelings of performance anxiety, depression and anxiety in general. This can serve to make the condition even worse.

Treating the mental health aspects of erectile dysfunction can consist of something as simple as talking to your partner. Working together to make the bedroom a relaxing, inviting space rather than a pressurised one can be hugely important. Sexual health therapy or couples therapy can also be beneficial.

Certain physical health concerns can also increase your likelihood of suffering from erectile dysfunction, including diabetes. Poor lifestyle choices such as a bad diet, heavy drinking and smoking can also play a part in the condition.

This winter, don’t let erectile dysfunction stop you getting cosy in the bedroom. Explore the range of effective erectile dysfunction medications available from Express Pharmacy. For further guidance and support, get in touch with our team today using our discreet live chat service.


6 Myths About Premature Ejaculation

Posted Wednesday 31 October 2018 15:57 by Tim Deakin in Premature Ejaculation

It’s the most common sexual condition affecting men, but how much do you really know about premature ejaculation?

Defined loosely as when a man ejaculates too quickly during sexual intercourse, premature ejaculation is the most common ejaculation problem for men. However, it can be difficult to define. This is because quite simply there is no cast-iron definition of how long sex should last, and it’s up to each individual man or couple to decide whether they are happy with the length of their intercourse. One study of 500 couples found that the average time taken to ejaculate was around five and a half minutes.

Premature ejaculation can be caused by a variety of factors, both physical and psychological. It could be the result of prostate problems, thyroid problems or the effects of recreational drugs. Likewise, it could be due to mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress or problems within the relationship.

As such a vague condition, it can be difficult to really understand premature ejaculation. Thankfully, we’re here to help you bust some myths. Let’s take a look.

PERCEPTION: ‘Premature ejaculation sufferers are very anxious people’

REALITY: Not necessarily

Although anxiety can indeed be a factor in premature ejaculation, it is not a set rule that premature ejaculation sufferers also live with anxiety. In fact, one Belgian survey found that sufferers have the same average levels of anxiety as the wider population. This is because there is a distinction to be made between an anxiety disorder and sex-specific stress. The latter, just like any other stress, is something that can be worked on fairly smoothly by talking through issues with partners, trying different positions and not taking things too seriously.

PERCEPTION: ‘People with premature ejaculation experience it all the time’

REALITY: False

Premature ejaculation is more often than not a situational condition, meaning the circumstances surrounding intercourse have a significant part to play in the duration of a man’s performance. Studies show that when men feel more relaxed – usually with a long-term partner – they tend to perform for longer, while more casual relations can lead to increased feelings of stress and excitement which can bring on premature ejaculation. Likewise, life stressors like family issues or money troubles can also bring on the condition.

PERCEPTION: ‘Premature ejaculation is a young man’s problem’

REALITY: False

It’s widely thought that premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction exclusively affect men on opposite ends of the age-scale (i.e. young people suffer from PE and old people suffer from ED). In actual fact, premature ejaculation can strike at any age. One survey found that the rate of sufferers remains fairly steady at 25-30% from teens to age 50.

PERCEPTION: ‘Premature ejaculation is just as distressing for partners as it is for sufferers’

REALITY: Generally false

Men regularly project their premature ejaculation anxieties onto their partners, but research actually shows that partners don’t care as much as you might think. For women especially, the rate of orgasm in sex in general is only around 25%, with traditional methods often not doing enough to bring about climax on their own. Other methods are therefore welcomed by many women, and these don’t often need men to maintain an erection.

PERCEPTION: ‘If you can’t perform for an extended period of time, you have premature ejaculation’

REALITY: False

As we said earlier, premature ejaculation is hard to define. Consequently, this leads many men to assume they have it just because they can’t last for extended periods of time. The common consensus among health professionals is that being unable to perform for more than two minutes is an indicator of premature ejaculation. However, many men that last longer than this still assume they are sufferers.

PERCEPTION ‘There is effective treatment for premature ejaculation available’

REALITY: True!

For those who do indeed live with premature ejaculation, effective and safe treatment is available. Priligy and Emla are two proven treatments for the condition that can be prescribed by Express Pharmacy.

For more information on the premature ejaculation treatment available, contact the team of NHS-approved pharmacists at Express Pharmacy today. Call us on 0208 123 07 03 or get in touch via our discreet online Live Chat service.


Premature Ejaculation: The Facts and Figures You Need to Know

Posted Tuesday 20 February 2018 10:10 by Tim Deakin in Premature Ejaculation

Studies show that men and women rate male sexual performance differently. Let’s clear the air on premature ejaculation

A study by Men’s Health asked men to rate their own sexual performance. The magazine then asked over a thousand women the same thing about their male partner. The results found that men are potentially more worried about conditions like premature ejaculation than they need to be.

According to the survey:

- Just 23% of men feel they always last long enough during sexual intercourse
- 52% of men feel they usually last long enough
- 20% of men said they sometimes experience difficulties with lasting long enough
- 5% of men feel they rarely last as long as they want to during sex

However, the same survey found these responses from women:

- 38% say their partner always lasts long enough
- 43% say their partner lasts long enough most of the time
- 13% say their partner finds it difficult to last long enough
- 6.5% say their partner rarely lasts long enough
- Only 22% claim that how long their man lasts is their main complaint.

The most common complaint was that men spend too little time engaging in foreplay

These results show that, in general, men were much more critical of their own sexual performance time than their female partners. In some ways this isn’t surprising, as there is no firm definition of how long sexual intercourse should last and therefore no exact definition for premature ejaculation.

Premature ejaculation is generally defined as a man reaching climax too quickly, often with little stimulation necessary. It is the most common ejaculation problem. In a study of 500 couples from five different countries, the average length of sexual intercourse was around five-and-a-half minutes, and most medical professionals define premature ejaculation as reaching climax within two minutes or less.

Understanding and treating premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is something most men will experience at least once in their lifetime, but around 20-30% of men are thought to experience the condition regularly. Sadly, many men suffer in silence due to embarrassment.

There are wide variety of factors which can increase your risk of experiencing premature ejaculation. Common physical causes of premature ejaculation include prostate problems and thyroid problems — such as an overactive or underactive thyroid gland — and factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and spinal injury. Lifestyle factors can also play a part, such as excessive alcohol consumption, recreational drug use and smoking.

The cause can be also psychological, caused by factors such as stress, anxiety, guilt, nervousness, depression and relationship problems. It can also be the result of underlying trauma.

Because of this, it’s important to include your partner in your concerns as much as possible. Some men find that simply discussing their symptoms with their partner (or attending sessions such as couples therapy) can have a positive effect on their premature ejaculation symptoms. It also allows you to discuss new sexual possibilities with your partner which might help increase the length of your performance.

If you’re guilty of any of the potential lifestyle causes, it can also be beneficial to practice healthier daily habits. These might include cutting down on smoking and drinking, as well as stopping the use of any recreational drugs.

It is also possible to treat premature ejaculation with safe and effective medication. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are designed to treat depression, but they can also help to delay ejaculation. Priligy is one effective example of an SSRI which can be used to treat premature ejaculation by stopping the ejaculatory expulsion reflex from reaching your brain too quickly. It has been found to potentially increase sexual performance time by 200 to 300%.

Priligy is currently available from Express Pharmacy alongside a range of other sexual health treatments. If you have concern but are not sure what to do about it, why not call the team on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet live chat service.

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Himanshu Vats on Friday 06 April 2018 01:04

How premature ejaculation can be cure permanently. I’m 26 now and had girlfriend we are in serious relationships hopefully going to get married next year. My girlfriend is not a fan of me consuming these tablets and its bothers me because she never say but i can see on her face about my problem of premature ejaculation.

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Marina Abdalla on Thursday 17 May 2018 11:49
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Dear Himanshu,

Thanks for reading our blog. Unfortunately, there isn't a long term cure for premature ejaculation, however there are several different lifestyle factors that you can implement, daily to reduce the symptoms. Eg. cutting the consumption of alcohol and stop smoking.

There is also a topical cream called EMLA, which is a local anaestheic, that can be applied, to prolong sexual activity. This is an off-licence treatment available on our website.

You may read more about EMLA cream via the following link - https://www.expresspharmacy.co.uk/treatment/pe/emla

I hope this has been of some help to you.

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Don’t Let Erectile Dysfunction Ruin Your Festive Season

Posted Friday 08 December 2017 09:37 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Did you know that sales of erectile dysfunction medication doubles in the run up to Christmas, perhaps reflecting the fears of thousands of men that their bedroom performance will fail them over the festive period

Erectile dysfunction affects more than 10% of men under 60, one in five men over 60 and almost a third of men over the age of 70. While the problem is widespread and should not be considered a cause for embarrassment, the fact is that many men’s fear of inadequacy can lead to a reduced interest in sex and overall negative feelings of anxiety and depression.

At Christmas, an increased pressure to engage in sexual activities combined with an increased food and alcohol intake creates a catch 22 when it comes to impotence. Excess alcohol consumption can significantly increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction symptoms, as can a generally unhealthy lifestyle — which more of us experience at Christmas time.

So it may come as no surprise then that, compared to a typical month of the year, demand for impotence medication increases by as much as 61 per cent in the run up to Christmas, according to research.

These findings suggest that the reasons behind this increase in erectile dysfunction medication usually falls into one of two categories: the emotional strain of Christmas, or the increased desire to get intimate over the festive period.

Finding the best treatment for erectile dysfunction

For men who believe they may need the help of impotence medication, the choice of different products on the market can be somewhat confusing. While almost everyone is familiar with the market-leading Viagra, there are many different prescription medications available today that may be better suited to some men.

Oral tablets are the most popular form of treatment for erectile dysfunction as they are clinically proven to tackle symptoms and provide a reliable and fast-acting solution to impotence. Popular options are Viagra and Sildenafil. Sildenafil is medically equivalent to Viagra but is more affordable because it is not a branded medication. Both of these options, along with several other leading competitors, are available through Express Pharmacy.

Another popular medication is Cialis and its newly released generic alternative, Tadalafil. Like many other erectile dysfunction medicines, Tadalafil and Cialis work by increasing blood flow to the penis, helping men to achieve a firm, maintainable erection when sexually aroused. One of the most popular aspects of these two treatments is the fact that the active ingredient Tadalafil takes effect in just 30 minutes but can provide up to 36 hours of effectiveness – much longer than Viagra or generic Sildenafil.

For more information about treatment for erectile dysfunction, contact the team at Express Pharmacy using our discreet live chat service. Our simple three-step treatment service can get you the erectile dysfunction medication you need in time for Christmas.

Self care to tackle ED

In addition to prescription medication, it is important that men pay attention to their health and wellbeing at this time of year if they wish to avoid the problem of impotence. Generally speaking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, stress and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on gentlemen’s ability to gain and maintain an erection. Yet many men will spend December eating rich food and drinking heavily as the party season progresses.

Paying a close attention to the physical and psychological factors that can influence impotence and taking steps to avoid excess at this time of year can help to complement erectile dysfunction medication.

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How Regular Intercourse Can Improve Physical and Mental Health in Over 50s

Posted Monday 20 November 2017 10:43 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

For many it’s still considered a taboo subject, but sexual health in men and women over 50 should never be overlooked as an important aspect of overall wellbeing.

Sex is good for your health. For some people, discussing what it means to have a healthy sex life seems crude, but research shows that if older men feel they can’t talk about their sexual health, then they don’t get help for treatable issues that could be adversely affecting their wider wellbeing.

Statistics show that, happily, over half of men and women over 50 are having sex twice a month or more. However, a quarter of this age bracket admit to suffering from declining sexual function, and another quarter state that they have a problem with sexual function.

Intercourse for men over 50 isn’t a topic which is often discussed, but with movements like Movember in full swing, it’s time to acknowledge how sex can improve health in men over 50, and well as addressing the issues men often face.

What are the benefits of sexual intercourse for men over 50?

Multiple studies have shown that regular intercourse for men over 50 can lead to improved health overall, including major factors like heart health, reduced blood pressure and the release of feel-good endorphins which can act as natural painkillers.

One study by the former head of psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Dr David Weeks, even found that older adults who have regular sex look on average five to seven years younger than those who rarely have sex. This may partially be due to the fact that sex acts as a form of regular exercise, burning as many calories as a run or yoga session on average. It’s also been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, so it’s no wonder that regular intercourse can be so beneficial to health in men over 50.

However, issues like erectile dysfunction can be a cause for concern in terms of sexual health in men over 50

For men, testosterone levels typically drop about one per cent per year from around the age of thirty-five. This can cause tiredness and irritability in men, as well as reduced sleep quality, a diminished libido and, for a lot of men, erectile problems.

Erectile dysfunction is a burden for many men across the UK, and becomes increasingly common as men age. 5 per cent of men aged forty suffer from the condition, and this figure jumps to 15 to 25 per cent by the time men reach the age of 65.

Despite the benefits of intercourse for men over 50, erectile dysfunction can make the process difficult and stressful. The condition can be caused by physical factors such as obesity and diabetes, or by mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. It’s a major concern for health in men over 50, and one which can be treated with medication.

What other issues are affecting sexual intercourse for men over 50?

Other factors can have an impact on intercourse for men over 50, including premature ejaculation. This is a concern which can affect all men and is a condition which should be addressed and can be treated. Whatever your concern, it’s important for older men to seek help, as the benefits of intercourse for men over 50 are clear.

For further information on all aspects of sexual health, contact Express Pharmacy today. You can call us on 0208 123 0703 or get in touch via our discreet Live Chat service.

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Abiola ige on Monday 15 January 2018 06:00

I need the right medication for prenature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction

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