Your guide to erectile dysfunction treatments

Your guide to erectile dysfunction treatments


Erectile dysfunction is one of those conditions that people just don’t want to talk about.


We get it, it’s not the kind of topic you want to bring up with your mates over a pint, but if you did you might be surprised at how many people suffer with ED!


That’s why we’re taking the time to look at the different treatments for ED, and how they can help you to get things back to how they should be.


What is impotence?


Impotence is another name for erectile dysfunction, or ED. When you have ED it simply means that you struggle to get or maintain an erection.


It’s a very common condition and modern medicine has made it easier and more reliable to treat than ever before.


There are a few ways you can treat ED, but the best treatment for you is usually determined by the cause of the problem.



What causes erectile dysfunction?


There are lots of different causes of erectile dysfunction, which is one of the reasons why it’s such a common problem that men experience.


The causes of ED fall into two categories, physical and psychological, and both require different treatments to relieve the problem.


We’ve written a guide all about the different causes of ED, so if you’re not sure why you’re suffering with erectile dysfunction, go and check it out!



What erectile dysfunction treatments are available?


There are a few different types of erectile dysfunction treatments available and work more effectively depending on the cause of your ED.


If you’re suffering with erectile dysfunction, the first thing you should do is go to see your doctor.


They’ll be able to help you to work out whether your ED is caused by physical or psychological and what the best course of treatment will be for you.


Don’t just try the first treatment you can think of without speaking to your doctor, as it might not treat the cause of your ED.


Always speak to your doctor before trying any new medication or treatment, as you might find that your choice in medicine isn’t the right one for you.


With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the treatments available for ED and what they do.



Therapy for ED


If you suffer with stress, anxiety, or depression, you might find that you struggle to get an erection, although this may not happen all the time.


If this is the case for you, then taking a tablet won’t be enough to treat the cause if your ED, and your doctor might recommend counselling as a course of treatment.


You may be referred to a counsellor or sex therapist, who will be able to get to the bottom of the cause of your erectile dysfunction so you can get things back to normal.



Over the counter (OTC) erectile dysfunction tablets


One of the most popular treatments for erectile dysfunction is a drug called sildenafil, which you’ll probably know by its brand name, Viagra.


Until recently, Viagra was a prescription only medication, which meant that you could only get it from your doctor, but now you can pick up Viagra from a registered pharmacy without a prescription.


You’ll be asked to have a proper consultation with your pharmacist, so they can confirm whether or not this product is the best and safest choice for you.


If you don’t want to talk ED in the middle of your local pharmacy, you may decide to buy Viagra from an online pharmacy.


If you choose to do this then make sure to be careful, as some sites aren’t as reputable as you might think and could send you something that just isn’t safe.


Don’t take a chance on a dodgy deal, check out the pharmacist’s credentials, and always buy medicines from a reputable online pharmacy like Chemist 4 U.



Prescription erectile dysfunction drugs


Although Viagra is now available without prescription, there are some prescription drugs for ED that your doctor may think are better suited to your needs. These include Cialis, Levitra, Tadalafil, and Spedra.


These medications are known as PDE5 inhibitors, and they work by relaxing the blood vessels in your penis, so blood can flow more easily, helping you to get an erection.


Viagra works in a similar way, but if your doctor decides that Viagra isn’t right for you, they could recommend one of these medicines on prescription.


If you’re not sure what the best course of treatment would be, speak to your doctor. They’ll be able to help you to find out what’s causing your erectile dysfunction, and the most effective way to treat it.


Can you use a vacuum pump for erectile dysfunction?


Vacuum pumps can be used to help you to get an erection, even if you have erectile dysfunction. If medication isn’t suitable for you, your doctor might recommend a vacuum pump instead.


This device will attach to your penis, forming a vacuum that will help to encourage blood flow to the area, helping you to get an erection.


They are available on the NHS but can be difficult to get hold of, which is why your doctor might recommend other places that you can pick one up for yourself.



Are there any home remedies for erectile dysfunction?


There aren’t any reliable home remedies for erectile dysfunction, but your doctor may ask you to make some lifestyle changes as part of your treatment.


For example, they may ask you to lose some weight, stop smoking, or make other changes that will improve your overall health.


Some of the most common lifestyle changes your doctor will recommend to help with your ED include:


  • Losing weight if you need to
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink less than 14 units of alcohol a week
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthily



Now we know all about the different treatments for ED and what they can do to help you.


Remember, if you’re suffering with ED then you should go and see your doctor, and don’t worry about embarrassment.


Doctors treat erectile dysfunction every day, and I guarantee that they won’t make you feel uncomfortable as they help you to get the treatment you need.


Don’t take matters into your own hands, go and speak to your doctor about ED and get it sorted out once and for all!


Laura Henderson - Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Prescribing Pharmacist
James O'Loan , CEO & Prescribing Pharmacist on 22 September 2021
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