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What is ED?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get an erection or stay hard long enough for sex. It is very common to experience occasional problems during sex. 1 in 2 men will experience ED at some point in their lives. Fortunately, it is easy to treat. Connect with one of our trusted medical professionals to find the best treatment plan that works for you.

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Can it be treated?

Oral medications are effective in treating ED in most men. These medications help relax your muscles and increase the blood flow to your penis which makes it easier to get and maintain an erection.

Why do men experience ED?

Several factors can contribute to the condition, including both emotional and physical disorders. Understanding the most common causes can help you identify why you may be experiencing the condition. The main factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction include;

  • Neurological and nerve disorders, which affect the brain’s ability to communicate with the reproductive system, decreasing sexual stimulation to the penis.

  • Cardiac-related conditions, which affects the heart’s ability to pump blood, causing impotence. Without enough blood flow to the penis, achieving an erection will be difficult.

  • Taking certain medications, this restricts the blood flow to specific areas of the body which can lead to lack of blood flow decreasing the ability to maintain an erection.

  • Lifestyle factors and emotional disorders are a strong factor in ED as achieving an erection involves a psychological excitement phase, and if you have emotional disorders it can affect your ability to become sexually aroused.

Treatments of Erectile Dysfunction

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Viagra / Generic Viagra (sildenafil)

Viagra® is an oral medication that is used to treat ED. Sildenafil is a generic form of Viagra®. Pills are available in various doses and should be taken as directed by your healthcare provider, usually as needed.

Common Side Effects

The most common side effects for an individual taking Viagra includes; backache, headache, nausea, dizziness, or nosebleed. Serious side effects from taking Viagra can occur, but are not common. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include; decrease in vision, allergic reactions, priapism, or cardiovascular problems such as heart attack or irregular heartbeat.

How does it work

Viagra (sildenafil) is used to treat problems with male sexual function problems such as erectile dysfunction or impotence. Works only when sexually stimulated, Viagra relaxes muscles found in the walls of blood vessels and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body. The product creates more blood flow to the penis to help a man experience and maintain an erection. The product may be taken up to 4-hours before sexual activity, so there’s no need to rush. After taking part in any sexual activities, your erection should go away as there is no longer any stimulation.

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How does Cialis / Tadalafil work?

Cilais® is an effective and commonly used used to treat male sexual function problems such as impotence or erectile dysfunction, as well as approved to treat enlarged prostate. Tadalafil is a generic form of Cilais®. Pills are available in various doses and can be taken daily or as needed.

Common side effects

Cialis can cause mild or serious side effects. The most common mild side effects include; headaches, heartburn, back and muscle pain, or stuffy nose. Most of these side effects will go away within a few days or a couple weeks. Serious side effects are not common, but they can occur. Some serious side effects include changes of hearing, change in blood pressure, or a prolonged erection.

How does it work

Cialis comes at a lower dose than other erectile dysfunction products, meaning it can be taken every day.

The product works by enhancing the effects of one of the chemicals the body normally releases into the penis during sexual arousal, as well as relaxing blood vessels in the body. These two bodily occurrences allow increase of blood flow to the penis to help a man experience and maintain and erection.

The product can be taken at least 30 minutes before any sexual activity and its effect on sexual ability may last up to 36 hours.

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According to the American Urological Association, oral PDE-5 inhibitors should be offered as the “first line of therapy for erectile dysfunction.” So that’s what physicians YourMD.ca use to treat ED. The most common PDE-5 oral medications they prescribe are: •Sildenafil (Viagra) •Tadalafil (Cialis)

Viagra’s FDA approved prescribing information claims that  “82% of patients reported an improvement in their erections.” Other PDE-5 inhibitors (Cialis, Levitra) showed similar results.

 

Oral ED medication is generally considered extremely effective and studies show it works on the majority of men. But ED medication doesn’t work for everyone. It’s important to note that everyone’s reaction to a medication is unique.

Oral ED medications are extremely effective, but they don’t work for everyone. Other treatment options for ED include lifestyle improvements (like exercise, diet, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol use), surgery, penile vacuum pumps, and other ED medications. Every treatment comes with risks and benefits that you should fully understand before moving forward with any treatment plan.

 

Currently, the only erectile dysfunction treatment we offer are oral PDE-5 inhibitors in the form of:

  • Sildenafil (Viagra) • Tadalafil (Cialis)

 

If you’d like to pursue alternative ED treatment, we recommend speaking with a physician in-person. Contact our team at [email protected] and we can recommend a doctor in your area.

Yes, a healthcare provider can diagnose erectile dysfunction based on a patient’s medical history and self-reporting of symptoms.

Your blood pressure can impact your ability to safely use ED medication. These medications can cause serious harm or death if not used properly. During your online visit, it is very important that you provide us with your most recent blood pressure taken within the last six months.