Impotence can be treated using a number of different methods, which one you choose will largely depend on the severity of your condition and convenience. An effective impotence treatment should allow you to enjoy satisfactory sexual intercourse with your partner when you want to and may come in the form of oral prescription treatments, counselling or sexual aids.
Dr Hilary Jones talks about impotence treatments
Prescription Impotence Treatments
Oral impotence treatments have become the preferred option for most men suffering from this condition. It is effective for most men who take it and can be used for both the short term and long term treatment of impotence. All available treatments work in a similar way, by helping more blood to flow to your penis so you can achieve a better erection.
Viagra has helped an estimated 20 million people to enjoy a better sex life. Available in different strengths, depending on the severity of your condition, Viagra can be taken 30 minutes before sex and lasts up to four hours.
Known as 'the weekend pill' it lasts for up to 36 hours, allowing couples to enjoy greater spontaneity during their love making. Cialis should be taken at least 30 minutes before sex. It's also available in a low daily dose to treat impotence for a longer term.
Cialis Once a Day is the only daily treatment available which offers a long-term solution for erectile dysfunction. It is most suitable for those with persistent erectile problems.
Levitra is more suitable for older men, and those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It should be taken 20 - 30 minutes before sex and lasts for up to five hours.
Levitra orodispersible tablets dissolve directly on to the tongue. It needs to be taken up to 20 minutes before intercourse and will be effective for up to five hours.
Sildenafil is a generic impotence medication that works in the same way as Viagra to help men achieve and sustain an erection throughout sexual intercourse. Sildenafil is the most commonly prescribed ingredient for erectile dysfunction and should be taken 30 minutes before sex, remaining effective for 4-5 hours.
If you are not sure which treatment will best suit your needs, it may be best for you to buy an Impotence Trial Pack. This will allow you to try three treatments so you can make a decision on which most suits your individual requirements.
These prescription medications are available to purchase online, if you take an online consultation. This process ensures that you are safe and suitable for the medication by helping you to receive a proper confidential diagnosis with a registered UK doctor.
Beware of generic imitation medications; they may not be made in safe clinical conditions and could be a risk to your health.
Changes to your lifestyle
Your overall health impacts heavily on your ability to perform. Basic lifestyle changes, such as reducing your day-to-day stress, exercising more and eating a low calorie diet can have a significant impact on your sexual health. Other factors such as smoking, excessive regular alcohol consumption and recreational drug use can also cause problems associated with impotence. Living more healthily should be the first step you take when trying to find an impotence treatment.
If you've spoken to your partner and your doctor and determined that the problem is psychological, then counselling may well be the best treatment for you. Counselling is designed to help men break down the barriers that prevent them from being able to achieve and sustain an erection. If they are anxious about sex, it helps men to get more realistic expectations and reassurance about what sex should be.
A sex counsellor will help you and your partner to reduce any tensions between you, while improving sexual communication. The counsellor may even teach couples special exercises, helping them to relax and stimulate each other before intercourse, improving intimacy and sexual confidence.
Sexual aids can provide temporary help for some users, but they can be cumbersome to use and are not as popular since oral medications were introduced. Penis pumps, for an example, can be used to create a vacuum around your penis, which will pull in greater blood flow. There are also special rings which can be placed over your penis to restrict the rate at which blood flows out, to improve your erection. Certain vibrators can also help you to stimulate and encourage blood flow. A study in 2006 found that vibrators are surprisingly effective in helping men with spinal injuries to become erect.
Surgical options are not popular and carry a number of risks. The most common form of penile surgery is internal splints, a complicated procedure where rods are inserted into the body of the penis. The simplest type is a firm rod which is simply lifted to achieve penetration. There are more sophisticated splints, which can be inflated to make the penis erect. However, oral medication has largely made this procedure obsolete.
Herbal performance enhancement
There are a number of non-prescription treatments which claim to help men improve their sexual performance and may have a positive impact for impotence suffers. While these products use a number of ingredients, such as ginkgo biloba and hawthorne berry which can increase blood flow to your penis, there is little solid clinical evidence to prove their effectiveness. But because most of these treatments use only natural ingredients, they carry very few risks for the user.