Erectile Dysfunction–What You Need to Know

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to get and sustain an erection firm enough to be sufficient for sex. Men can usually self-diagnose, and medical tests are usually not needed.


Causes

There are several risk factors that can cause or contribute to the development of ED:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol blocking the arteries
  • Obesity
  • Prostate enlargement or cancer treatment
  • Alcohol or drug problems
  • Tobacco
  • Low testosterone (male hormone)
  • Surgery of the pelvis or back
  • Sleep disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression

 

Prevention

Thankfully there are a lot of lifestyle changes and interventions that can prevent and even reverse ED:

  • Eat a healthful diet with lots of plant-based foods, low-fat dairy, lean or no meat.
  • Keep weight within normal limits.
  • Have blood pressure checked at least yearly and treat if needed.
  • Avoid smoking, and drink in moderation if at all.
  • Get help for emotional or relationship problems

 

Medications

  • Viagra (sildenafil citrate) is taken by mouth, usually 25-100 mg about an hour before any anticipated sexual activity.
  • Cialis (taldalafil) is taken by mouth, usually at a dose of 10 mg once a day, at the same time of day regardless of the time of sexual intercourse.
  • Levitra (vardenafil), 10 mg, is taken by mouth one hour before it is needed.
  • Stendra (avanafil) is taken by mouth at a dose of 100 mg, 30 minutes before sexual activity.

QuickMD doctors are able to counsel you on erectile dysfunction and prescribe Viagra online (or any of the other ED medications) when medically necessary—100% confidential and from the privacy of your home.

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