- John Millican
Learn about ED Treatments
Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Erectile dysfunction is a serious condition that can have devastating effects. But you don’t need to put up with it.
If you’re worried about your own sexual performance - you are not alone. Erectile dysfunction, sometimes known as impotence, affects over 30 million men in the US alone. Over 50% of all men are affected at some point during their lifetime. The good news? There is plenty that you can do about it.
So, what physical treatments are out there to swap fizzle-out for fizz-up in your sex life? We’ve all heard of the popular miracle-working Viagra, with more than two million yearly prescribers in the US alone. Originally dubbed the ‘little blue pill’, Viagra has an active ingredient called Sildenafil that helps blood flow to the penis by relaxing the muscles around the veins.
Viagra does not increase libido, but it responds to the body when sexually stimulated, and is taken between four hours and half an hour before sex. Stendra (active ingredient Avanafil) works in a similar way to Viagra, but is even faster acting and can be taken as late as 15 minutes before sexual activity.
Viagra and other brands like Stendra can be pretty expensive, but there are several generic drug options which are also very effective. Sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in Viagra, can be purchased directly and is an FDA-approved pill at a quarter of the cost. Tadalafil (the generic alternative for Cialis) lasts longer, for up to 18 hours, and can be taken as a daily dose.
Performance anxiety can all too often lead to psychological ED and become a crippling hurdle not only in the bedroom but in all aspects of life. Sticking to a healthy diet, managing your weight and quitting smoking are all easy lifestyle changes you can make to help too.
Maintaining a healthy body and mental state will set you up for success but you don’t need to go through this alone - Bedside Matters can connect you to a real doctor for a free online consultation to help line up the right treatment for you. Products are sent out in discreet packaging, reducing stress and removing guesswork. Arming your body and mind with the security net of an ED medication helps prevent overthinking sex.
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