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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment: All ED Options Available

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There are many erectile dysfunction treatments available. This includes medications like viagra, self-help techniques, and surgeries such as penile transplants. To help discover the perfect impotence method for you, we have compiled a list of the top ED treatments available in the UK. Below we look through these options including the tablets you can take on a needs-be basis or surgical procedures for a long-term answer.

Prescription Medications for Erectile Dysfunction

Prescription medications for impotence come in the form of tablets. There are a few slight variations, however, which includes tablets taken only when needed, continual daily tablets and dissolvable tablets.

There are a few recognizable brands for erectile dysfunction including Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Viagra and Cialis are also available in their generic version; Sildenafil and Tadalafil respectively.

  • Viagra - This is the most recognisable brand for impotence on the market in the UK. It is available in multiple dosages suitable for mild forms of ED to severe erectile dysfunction, and can be bought in its generic form as well (Sildenafil). It has been known to work within 20-30 minutes depending on the individual. You can complete a consultation for Viagra at HealthExpress.
  • Cialis - Cialis is available in the form of a tablet taken only when needed and as Cialis Once a Day which is the only prescription ED treatment taken on a daily basis to offer continual aid. The active ingredient in Cialis is Tadalafil, which is also available. It is available in a range of dosages; if you wish to request Cialis, you can complete a consultation online.
  • Levitra - Levitra is available in multiple dosages depending on the level of ED and this also makes the treatment suitable for men with underlining health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. It is also available in Levitra Orodispersible; the only disposible ED treatment available on the market. Both are available from HealthExpress.
  • Spedra - Spedra is known as the fastest working ED treatment avialable in the UK; it can work in as little as 15 minutes. It is available in high dosages that must be approved by the docotr, like all ED prescription treatments.

Being a prescription treatment, it is mandatory to receive approval from a certified doctor to ensure the safety and effectiveness. Initially, it is advised to get this in-person. The doctor will ask a series of medical questions before advising a treatment or a number of treatments for you. Once you have this, you can order repeat prescription online to avoid the hassle of booking and attending an appointment again.

Adjusting Lifestyle Factors That Prompt Erectile Dysfunction

The cause of impotence might be entirely a lifestyle factor or a range of causes with a certain lifestyle factor having a contribution. You may find when one of these is improved, erectile dysfunction disappears altogether. This includes:

  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet choices
  • Lack of communication
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Herbal Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

Whilst it's important to note that herbal remedies for impotence are not medically tested, they can still be an effective option for the condition depending on your circumstance. This means they can be available to buy over-the-counter without a prescription. It is always essential that you read the small print before taking any herbal medication, just in case it interacts with any pre-existing conditions you have.

Some options include:

  • Yohimbe
  • Muira Puama
  • Epimedium
  • Ginseng
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Maca
  • Damiana
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Tribulus Terrestris

Ginseng is the most popular herbal remedy for impotence currently available. As mentioned, the effects can vary significantly from individual to individual making it near impossible for us to distinguish whether herbal remedies for impotence work for you. We look into the herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction in further detail on our page dedicated to just that.

Surgical Procedures for Erectile Dysfunction

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In use since the 1970s, a penile implant is a medical device that an implanted into the penis during an outpatient surgical procedure. The device is entirely contained within the body. To operate, one squeezes and releases the pump in the scrotum to achieve an erection.

Patient Satisfaction (percentage of patients satisfied with treatment over time) Most Common Side Effects Duration of Use Reasons for Discontinuation

94-98% for 3-piece inflatable implants

81-96% for 2-piece inflatable implants

75-76% for malleable implants

Post-operative genital pain (up to 53%)

Mechanical malfunction (4-11%)

Infection (1-6%)

98% of inflatable inplants are suitable for intercourse after

5 years 93%

continued to use long-term

Repeat surgery due

to mechanical malfunction or infection

Vacuum Erection Devices image

In use since the 1980s, a vacuum erection device consists of a hollow plastic tube, a vacuum pump, and a tension ring. The tube, placed over the penis, creates a vacuum that pulls blood into the penis. Once an erection is achieved, an elastic tension ring is placed at the base of the penis to help maintain the erection.

Patient Satisfaction (percentage of patients satisfied with treatment over time) Most Common Side Effects Duration of Use Reasons for Discontinuation


Blocked ejaculation (up to 40%)

Bruising of penis (up to 39%)

Penile discomfort (up to 37%)

50-80% continues use after 2-3 month

35 - 49% continued after 1 year

Lack of spontaneity, unnatural erections, lack of effiacy, difficult mechanisms, penile bruising

Self-Injections image

In use since the 1980s, injection therapy uses a needle to inject medication directly into the base or side of the penis. These medications can create an erection by improving blood flow into the penis.

Patient Satisfaction (percentage of patients satisfied with treatment over time) Most Common Side Effects Duration of Use Reasons for Discontinuation


Penile numbness (5%)

Penile pain (up to 50%)

Prolonged erections(5%)

Hypotension (3%)

Penile fibrosis (2%)

42-69% continued use after 1 year

20-62% continued long-term

Insufficient erections lack of spontaneity, bruising of penis, dislike of injections

Caverject and Viridal are 2 penile injections available in the UK administered directly into the penis; this should always be performed by a medical professional. Whilst it seems unpleasant, many men don't experience any pain with the injection.

Therapy Options for Erectile Dysfunction

If the cause of the condition is linked to psychological condition (an emotional connection) then it is a good idea to consider therapy. Whilst you can still use physical treatments such as prescription medication, this doesn't get to the root cause of the issue but masks it.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be a good option if the root cause of erectile dysfunction is linked to an emotional connection. Reasons for an emotion-induced impotence condition could be childhood trauma, another mental health issue (anxiety and/or depression for example), relationship issues, unresolved sexual orientation and temporary issues (bereavement, stress at work, etc). The spectrum of psychological causes for erectile dysfunction is wide and can be a range or just one reason.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is talking therapy that can pinpoint the root cause of the issue and help to change the way you think and/or behave. For example, if the condition is linked to stress, there are a number of ways to relax which can transfer to a sexual improvement.

CBT can also be used to treat OCD, PTSD, phobias, insomnia and substance abuse.

What should I do next?

If this has given you an idea about how to proceed, head to your doctor for further clarification. They will be able to run tests based on your current health and medical history to determine whether your ideal solution is effective and safe for you to use.

Surgical procedures are often the last port of call as they can be invasive. Before that, you can explore tablets, whether this is herbal or available on prescription, and reducing lifestyle factors such as smoking. The most recognizable is Viagra, however, you may find other options such as Cialis or Levitra more appropriate. On the other hand, by improving your quality of life, this may solve the condition by itself.

Last updated: 11.01.2018