How can I treat my ED?

Written by Agatha Bordonaro

Don't suffer in silence - you've got lots of options

Rule out a larger health problem

If you have been experiencing Erectile disfunction (ED) - the inability to have or maintain an erection - regularly, it's a good idea to go in to your doctor's office to rule out any underlying health issues. Those can include:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  • Sleep disorders
  • Certain prescription medications

Mind and body

Once you've ruled out any of the above health issues, it’s important to treat both your mind and body to ensure a happy and successful outcome. If psychological factors are at play, your doctor can refer you to a licensed therapist who can help you address any issues that may be interfering with your arousal.

Prescription medication

To tackle the physical causes, your doctor may prescribe a drug such as:

All of these pills work by relaxing blood vessels and boosting blood flow to your penis, making it easier for you to get and stay hard. (Note: It’s critical to talk to your doctor about any other medications you’re taking, since you absolutely should not take an ED drug with nitrates, which you may take for chest pain. That’s because the combo can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.)

How they work

Each pill works a little differently. Viagra’s “little blue pill” kicks in after about 30 minutes and lasts about four hours. Levitra also starts working in about 30 minutes and can last a tad longer — up to about five hours. Staxyn contains the same active ingredient as Levitra but, since it dissolves in your mouth (instead of requiring that you swallow it), begins working in about 15 minutes. Cialis, on the other hand, can last up to 36 hours, meaning you don’t have to time taking it with your anticipated romp as closely.

After speaking with you about your symptoms and circumstances, your doctor will be able to prescribe the medication that is likely to work best for you.

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