Erectile dysfunction is a sexual disorder that affects millions of men in the world. There may be a variety of reasons that cause it, but the end result is that men are unable to either get, and/or maintain, an erection during sexual intercourse. While this is an obviously potentially embarrassing disorder, it can also have social implications by the fact that it greatly reduces a man’s ability to reproduce. This can also lead to relationship issues between those afflicted and their significant others.

Cialis for erectile dysfunction

While Viagra, commonly known as the “little blue pill” may be the most well-known treatment plan for this condition, in recent years many more have been developed. Some of these are from the Viagra brand family, and include Super Viagra. This drug is made with the component Sildenafil. Other companies have also created their own options; these include Cialis, Levitra, and Staxyn. Some of these drugs use the same active ingredients as Viagra, while some attempt to incorporate more healthy ingredients.

This is because the ingredients used in Viagra, as well as in other erectile dysfunction medications, have been known to leave the consumer with racing pulses and/or heart rates, flushed skin, erections that last more than 6 hours and may need medical attention, seizures, heart palpitations, plus a number of other potentially harmful side effects.

There are some suggested non-medicinal treatment plans recommended to treat erectile dysfunction as well. These may include meditation, increase pornography viewing, as well as some herbal remedies that claim to aid men in sexual stimulation. Herbs that may help a man with erectile dysfunction include DHEA, ginseng, L-arginine, and propionyl-L-carnitine. However, it is very important to be cautious when taking any herbal supplement. In a news article for Medical News Today, it is stated that the FDA has declared that over 300 herbs and supplements marketed to enhancing a man’s erection contain undisclosed ingredients. For consumers who are on any other type of medication, it is important to ensure that these unknown ingredients will not interfere or counteract the current prescriptions taken. There are even hollow tube type devices that can basically inflate the maan’s appendage, called a penis pump.

The common misconception is that erectile dysfunction disorders only affect older men. However, in the U.S. alone, over 12 million men are currently suffering from this condition according to a news article published by Medical News Today. While some of these are older consumers, many are not. And this is solely in the U.S. Erectile dysfunction medications have become wildly popular around the world. This is likely a result of a men’s sexual performance being so ingrained as a large part of his identity almost universally across cultures. With the great increase in the availability of the internet, along with the fact that most regions do not require a doctor’s prescription to receive the medication, it is much easier for someone to get medications to treat this, regardless of where they are. With so many readily available treatment options, it is no longer necessary for a man to suffer from a lacking sexual performance.

Especially for the majority, who’s emotional security and self-esteem are so closely linked to these performance levels. While there are many options, it is highly recommended that prospective patients discuss this path with their primary care physician, that way it can medically be determined if the sought treatment is personally safe. With so many potential side effects, this is paramount. But once a potential consumer has been cleared by their doctor, the options are plentiful.

Published by Peter Williams

I am a medical practitioner from Australia. I am working in St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney now.

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  1. My boyfriend suffers from erectile dysfunction. it causes frustration in our relationship more for him than me. It causes him pain and embarrassment. It causes him to go limp during intercourse and causes him not to be able to ejaculate. Sometimes his sperm appears in his urine after intercourse because it shoots back into his bladder. It causes him frustration and he is often angry after intercourse he also makes him feel less of a man and makes him depressed. He has been suffering with this for 2 years now. He is relatively young and this is strange that he suffers from it.

  2. I’ve been struggling with ED for the past ten years, and at the ripe old age of 36 I’m very much looking forward to finding a solution.

  3. Its the worst thing being in love with your girl, marrying her and not being able to fulfil her pleasures on bed; I know she loves me regardless, but its hurts having erectile dysfunction.

  4. I am dealing with erectile dysfunction for 4 years, this disease did not let me enjoy my life fully, in recent months I have achieved a solution for this problem and I can enjoy one of the pleasures of life.

  5. Erectile dysfunction is a horrible experience I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It absolutely saps your confidence and affects your relationships.

  6. Erectile dysfunction is the inability of a man to achieve and maintain a sufficient penile erection to enable satisfactory sexual activity. It can be a sign of illness or even psychological problems affecting the quality of life of patients and their partners. Not being able to get a proper erection does not always translate into erectile dysfunction, but if this occurs frequently, it is best to consult a urologist for proper evaluation.

  7. My diabetes complicates things in regards to my sexual performance. However, I have discovered that by keeping my blood sugars in check and monitoring my diet, the complications decrease and I experience little to no issues.

  8. I have never had this problem personally as a woman, but I have known in my life men who have suffered from it. They only solved by going to a doctor.

  9. Since I gotten older I have had problems with Erectile Dysfunction. I want very bad to please my wife sexually, but it’s hard to do so when staying hard is a big issue. Plus the embarrassment of having to deal with it is a blow to being a man. It causes you to be down and depressed and not really want to explore the sexual side of your relationship with the person that you love.

  10. I used to experience some problems such as this, but now they have resolved. It turns out deep seated emotional distress can cause these types of symptoms. They can resolve using natural supplements such as maca and eating walnuts with raw organic honey and sesame seeds.

  11. I have had erectile dysfunction many years. I have not done anything about it. I don’t have the same sex drive I had earlier in life. So especially now at the age of 77 it doesn’t bother me.

  12. Erectile dysfunction can have a major affect on people. For example, one man dealt with it for five years. As a result, he couldn’t give his wife any sexual satisfaction. Also, erectile dysfunction doesn’t clear up for awhile. It can last for years. After suffering for a long time, the man finally found a solution that works for him.

  13. Erectile dysfunction is a very common problem effecting a large percentage of men in today’s society, many men take prescription drugs to try and take care of this problem while others use over the counter pills and supplements. Many options are available now to fight erectile dysfunction.

  14. I first suffered from erectile dysfunction when I was eight years old. I masturbated for the first time when I was seven, but then I couldn’t get an erection for nine years. Then, I lost my virginity at 17 and haven’t had a problem since. I think having sex with girls solved my problem. My hand just wasn’t doing the trick. I would never go back to those days again. Period. Haha, period.


  16. My husband has been struggling with Erectile dysfunction problems for about a year. He dosent seem interested in me at all. When I confronted him about this he reassured me he was and was embarrassed. I have made him a doctor appointment and hope he can help with my husbands issue.

  17. I dealt with erectile dysfunction for about 2 years. I had no trouble getting sexually aroused or interested in sex, I simply couldn’t get erect. I worked with my doctor and he prescribed a pill solution and the solution has worked well for me for the last couple of years.

  18. Erectile dysfunction is an incredibly serious issue with a lot of men. I am no different, in fact. I have suffered from erectile dysfunction for the last several years, and have struggled to perform sexually due to this. I am really not sure what to do and how to go about treating this.

  19. Erectile dysfunction is a very embarrassing thing when it happens. You start to get things going and then everything just stops. It is not a fun thing to experience. I just want to find a permanent solution to this issue.

  20. I have suffered and still am suffering from Erectile Dysfunction. I am required to take medications although I have been doing really well hiding it from my wife. It is an embarrassing topic to talk about let alone bring up. It would make me feel less of a man.

  21. Erectile dysfunction was a problem for my husband at the early age of 30. After seeing his doctor, he eliminated some stress and that helped a lot. He also learned to not try and have sex when he was really stressed as this tend to make the ED worse because he would get upset about not getting an erection.

  22. I’m a single guy and I like to date. I like to go out and have a good time and meet a nice woman. The problem is, I can never build a real relationship with any woman because I suffer from erectile dysfunction. It has happened so many times that I would meet a woman who I really like, then we would get to the point of trying to have sex and my erectile dysfunction would stop me. I am trying hard but failing to find companionship and it’s all due to this problem.

  23. No matter what me and my wife would I do, I could just never “get it up,” as it were. This went on for about 2 years until I spoke to my primary care doctor, and then I figured out I have erectile dysfunction.

  24. Erectile Dysfunction causes dysfunction in more than your penis, it also makes you want a lot better when it comes to your love life! For the time that I struggled with it, the year I dealt with it before medication solved it seemed like a decade! It makes a lot of stress and there’s always feelings of reluctance and shame that come up every time you want to make whoopee and can’t make anything except nothing.

  25. Erectile Dysfunction is a very frustration to sexual partners in a marriage. It destroys the man’s self-confidence and is physically frustrating to both partners. I encouraged to get advice from his personal physician who prescribed a rather expensive, but very worthwhile pill. We are very pleased with our sex life and spends much more time together in bed!

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