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Impotence is an age old problem suffered by men throughout the ages. Erectile dysfunction is a new and more specific term for it.

It means failure to get or maintain an erection so you can have sexual intercourse. In the last 10 years thanks to new drug treatments many more men are no longer suffering from erectile dysfunction.

There are 3 main drugs used to treat impotence and they are Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. They work in a similar fashion and help you to get and maintain an erection. So you don’t need to suffer in silence anymore or face the embarrassment  of seeing your own GP. Order online now from a UK based site with UK pharmacists.

Symptoms of erectile dysfunction

The main symptom is either failure to get an erection or inability to maintain it long enough for sexual intercourse to take place. Blood has to flow into 2 hollow chambers in your penis and remain there for an erection to occur. It is commoner in older men over 60 but is far from unknown in younger age groups.

Causes

Getting and maintaining an erection involves complex interactions of your brain, nerves, blood vessels, muscles and tissues. Anything which affects them can cause erectile problems.

The commonest causes are diseases such as diabetes, alcoholism, heart disease, atherosclerosis (furring of the arteries), kidney disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological problems. Between them they account for around two thirds of cases.

Many common prescription medicines have the unfortunate side effect of causing erectile difficulties. They include blood pressure drugs such as beta blockers, anti histamines, anti- depressants and tranquillisers. In his situation a change of drug may solve the problem.

Lifestyle factors causing impotence include smoking, obesity and being unfit. Psychological problems such as stress, anxiety, guilt and low self esteem are also factors.

Diagnosis

Erectile dysfunction is diagnosed mainly by taking your medical and sometimes sexual history. These will often give clues as to the root of the problem and the best way of treating it.

Treatment

Drugs are the main treatment for erectile dysfunction. The three most widely used drugs taken by mouth are Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. All three drugs work by relaxing muscle in blood vessels so more blood flows and an erection occurs.

Viagra was the first on the market and was quickly followed by Levitra and Cialis. They all work in much the same way and most men are pleased with the results.

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