FAQs on Erectile Dysfunction
What is ED?
ED, is the abbreviation for Erectile Dysfunction, which is a common sex problem that many men face. Erectile Dysfunction is the consistent inability to get and keep an erection that is satisfactory for sexual intercourse, even if you’re into the moment. The range of severity can very, sometime you may find it difficult to get or maintain firmness and in other instances you may find it difficult to get any erection.
It is not uncommon for men to have erection trouble every once in a while, but if it is happening consistently you may have ED.
Is ED common?
Yes, ED is actually very common. In fact, it effects 10% of adult men and 40% of men over 40. Although ED is prevalent, it is not a normal part of aging.
Why is getting diagnosed and treatment important?
Erectile Dysfunction can be an early warning sign for a more serious illness or health concern. With many health problems, early detection and treatment can make a big difference in your health and wellbeing.
ED can be a symptom and early warning sign for:
- - atherosclerosis
- - heart problems and any cardiovascular diseases
- - high blood pressure
- - diabetes
- - chronic kidney disease
- - nerve or circulatory problems
ED can have an impact on your emotional health and relationships, which can cause unnecessary stress and a range of emotion problems.
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
ED can be caused from having certain diseases and health problems or conditions, taking certain medicines, having certain psychological or emotional issues, suffering from an injury, side effect from certain treatments and surgeries, certain lifestyle and environmental stressors, or participating in certain lifestyle behaviors.
Learn more about the different causes of erectile dysfunction, here.
What Medications are used to treat ED?
Traditionally there were two main medications used to treat ED. The first is Viagra, is the OG blue pill that was used to treat ED. This pill is taken as needed when you are planning on having an intimate night and usually works within 30-60 minutes. The second is Cialis, this is a pill that is taken daily so that you will be ready whenever the moment hits. These two used to be the main medications on the market and are still quite expensive. Luckily, the patent ran out and there are two generic forms that you can get at a faction of the price!
Viagra is what is known as a sildenafil citrate, now you can get that same sildenafil citrate in a generic pill! This pill is known as Sildenafil. Sildenafil has a shorter active time frame, lasting in the body for 4 to 6 hours.
The generic form of Cialis is called Tadalafil. Tadalafil remains in the body longer than Sildenafil, usually around 36 hours, this means that you have a larger window of opportunity to get down.
Both Tadalafil and Sildenafil work just as well as their ‘parent’ counterparts, the only difference? Extra money in your pocket that you will save!
Cialis & it’s generic form, Tadalafil, are used to help you get and maintain an erection by taking one dose daily. This is a great option for men who want to be able to have sex at any time and be ready whenever the moment hits.
Viagra & its generic form, Sildenafil, are used to help you get and maintain an erection by taking one dose 30-60 minutes before you are ready to play. This is a great option for individuals who plan for a special occasion.
Do I need a prescription?
Yes, you will need a prescription from your doctor to obtain ED medication.
Is there another name for ED?
Yes, the term impotence is sometimes used to refer to Erectile Dysfunction.
What are the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?
There are a couple of symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction, but the most common symptom is difficulty of developing and maintaining an erection during a sexual encounter. When this becomes persistent, it is a tall tell sign that you have ED. Some men can get an erection, but when it comes time to do the deed they cannot maintain an erection that is firm enough for sex.