Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment


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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. It is also known as impotence, or ED for short. It is a very common condition that is easily treated, either through medical intervention (via the use of medication, gel or pumps), or through counselling.  

What causes Erectile Dysfunction?

An erection happens when you are physically or mentally aroused. Something you have thought of, seen, felt, smelt or heard, will cause nerves in the brain to send chemical messages, allowing arteries in your penis to open. In turn, the arteries allow for a rush of blood to enter the penis, so that it can expand in shape and size. A disruption to this process can cause erectile dysfunction. 

There are several factors that can affect this process and they are best described by breaking down into two, physical factors and psychological factors.

Physical factors of ED are:

  • Conditions that affect blood flow to the penis, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity
  • Conditions affecting the nervous system where the transfer of nerve impulses from the brain to the penis are disrupted; such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke or spinal injury
  • Conditions that affect the hormonal balance such as an overactive or underactive thyroid, and other conditions that decrease the levels of testosterone, the male sex hormone
  • Conditions that affect the anatomy of the penis such as Peyronie’s disease (resulting in a bent erect penis)
  • Medication induced ED, caused by taking medication that affects hormonal balance or blood flow to the penis

Psychological Factors of ED are:

  • Depression – Low self-esteem and energy levels are two characteristics associated with depression that can affect your sex drive. Low motivation and energy levels can make it difficult to become sexually aroused and peak at sexual performance
  • Stress – A stressful event or period you may be going through will not only influence your mind, but also your body. Throughout stressful periods, hormones are released into your blood stream, making your body aware that there is a potentially threatening situation ahead. Your mind and body enter into a different state, where perhaps sex drops down the priority list
  • Anxiety – Both chronic anxiety and acute performance related anxiety can have an effect on your sexual ability. Anxiety in general; and being anxious about performing often mean that you are less likely to do so. When this has happened once, it can have a negative impact on your state of mind, which can have a knock-on effect. If not dealt with, anxiety threatens to take the fun out of many of life’s pleasures
  • Relationship problems – It is not uncommon for men to experiencing erectile dysfunction when going through a difficult relationship. Being unable to connect with your partner emotionally can often mean you are unable to connect on a sexual level. Poor communication, arguing and a lack of understanding can change the way you feel towards your partner sexually, meaning you may find it difficult to achieve and maintain an erection.

The cause of Erectile Dysfunction can also be a combination of both physical and psychological factors. For example, a physical issue such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol can cause poor circulation in the arteries, restricting blood flow to the penis, which may cause you to experience erectile dysfunction. In turn, this can cause you to have anxiety in the future when faced with a potential sexual encounter, which may be another contributing factor to erectile dysfunction.

How can I treat Erectile Dysfunction?

Treatments for erectile dysfunction caused by physical factors may include oral medication (tablets), injections, vacuum pumps and creams. 

For erectile dysfunction caused by psychological factors, you may wish to discuss options with your GP. There are several different methods that can be used to help overcome erectile dysfunction such as counselling, sexy therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This will help to train your mind to think in a certain way, so that you can overcome ED without the need for medication. It is common for your therapist to suggest trying a tablet at some stage, as a booster to try and help overcome any mental barriers.

The following treatments are available to treat Erectile Dysfunction

Viagra or Sildenafil (non-branded version of Viagra)

  • These tablets should be taken around 1 hour before sexual activity
  • They can last for up to 4 or 5 hours
  • This is the most popular choice of ED medication 
  • The 50mg tablet is also available as Viagra Connect, which is available to purchase over the counter from a pharmacy
  • Viagra is also known as the "blue pill"

Cialis or Tadalafil (non-branded version of Cialis)

  • This treatment can be taken around 30 minutes before sexual activity
  • It can last for up to 36 hours
  • Cialis/Tadalafil is also available as a lower strength tablet that is taken every day, having a continuous effect
  • Tadalafil is also known as the "weekend pill"


  • This treatment is recommended for diabetics
  • It should be taken around 30 minutes before sexual activity
  • The effects of Levitra tablets last for up to 6 hours 


  • This is the fastest acting ED drug, taking 15 minutes to take effect
  • Spedra can last for up to 6 hours 
  • The recommended starting dose is 100mg

How do Erectile Dysfunction tablets work?

These tablets work by inhibiting PDE5. A chemical messenger called cGMP causes smooth muscle in the penis to relax, allowing blood to enter the penis causing an erection. PDE5 is an enzyme that breaks down cGMP, so that blood cannot enter the penis and cause an erection. ED drugs work by blocking the action of PDE5, allowing cGMP to accumulate and persist for longer. Increased levels of cGMP allow blood to enter the penis easily, resulting in an erection. 

This process of inhibiting PDE5 will only work once the tablet has been taken and there is sexual arousal. The time taken to work depends on the tablet you take, as does their durations of action. Erectile Dysfunction medication will not increase libido and you must be sexually stimulated for the effects to take place. 

What are the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

  • Erections not long enough for sex
  • Erections not hard enough for sex
  • Inability to achieve an erection

How common is Erectile Dysfunction?

A study conducted by the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggested that ED is more common amongst young men than previously thought. Researchers found that 26% of men under the age of 40 experience some sort of erectile dysfunction. Almost half of these claimed that their erectile dysfunction was severe. 

Erectile Dysfunction can occur at any age, although it is found to be more common as you get older. Approximately 50% of men above the age of 40 experience erectile dysfunction. 

Does ED affect sperm count?

Getting an erection and producing sperm are two separate functions of the body. You may have a perfectly healthy sperm count but may have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. This means that once you have identified and treated your ED, it may still be possible to impregnate a partner. 

On the other hand, you may not have a problem with your erections, but you might be finding it difficult to get your partner pregnant. This could mean that you have a low sperm count. 

Either way, both can be treated and it is important to maintain positivity throughout. 

Can Erectile Dysfunction be cured?

Erectile Dysfunction treatment predominantly focuses on improving the symptoms of ED, so that you can achieve an erection that is hard enough and lasts long enough to engage in sexual activity. Whilst there is no definitive cure for Erectile Dysfunction, making certain lifestyle changes can help you to bring back the ability to perform. Making certain changes such as eating healthily, stopping smoking and exercising can all help to ensure that your body is functioning as it should, as well as boosting testosterone, the male sex hormone. Looking after your mental health by dealing with stress and anxiety levels can also help to keep you relaxed and stimulated during sexual activity, which in turn, will cause an erection.

Is Erectile Dysfunction permanent or temporary?

Some men develop erectile dysfunction as a result of underlying health conditions, taking certain medication or as a result of psychological issues such as stress, anxiety or depression. By addressing these issues, you may find that your temporary sexual dysfunction can be restored back to normal.
Permanent damage to nerves, arteries and old age may play a role in ED that is harder to reverse. However, there are many safe and effective treatment options available, meaning that you can enjoy a normal sex life.  

Which Erectile Dysfunction tablet works the best?

There is no one ED tablet that is better than the other. They all work in a similar way to inhibit the action of PDE5. The most commonly used treatments are sildenafil and tadalafil. This is because they have a low side-effect profile and are cost-effective. There is a slight difference between sildenafil and tadalafil, as tadalafil can last for up to 36 hours and needs to be taken half an hour before sexual activity. Sildenafil tablets need to be taken 1 hour before sexual activity and lasts for up to 4 hours. Whilst tadalafil seems to be the better option, sildenafil is less likely to cause side-effects.

Each individual person can have different responses to treatment and if one particular medication is not giving you the desired response, an alternative drug may give you better results. 




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