Erectile dysfunction

erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence) is the inability to get and maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity.

Having erection trouble on an occasional basis isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. However, if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue it can lead to various indirect outcomes such as stress, affecting self-confidence and potentially may contribute to relationship problems. Long term problems associated with getting or maintaining an erection can also be due to underlying health conditions or an indicator of things to come such as coronary heart disease (CHD). This in itself may need addressing so it is always important to inform your doctor if this is the case.

At we give you the option of informing your GP of any medicines you may have been issued by our prescriber but only with your explicit permission.

  • 40% of men in the UK may have suffered from ED by the age of 40 years 40% 40%

It’s more common than you think

4.3 million men suffer from EDErectile dysfunction symptoms are simple to spot and persistently include, trouble getting an erection, trouble keeping an erection and reduced sexual desire. With age, erections might take longer to develop and might not be as firm. Although there is a stigma attached to erectile dysfunction and older males, it does affect a certain proportion of younger males too. It is said that erectile dysfunction affects up to one in five men, the equivalent of 4.3 million men across the UK. Unfortunately almost half of those surveyed have not sought any form of help.

Risk factors for erectile dysfunction

There are various risk factors that can contribute to erectile dysfunction. These include:

  • Certain medical conditions,
    particularly diabetes or heart conditions
  • Certain medical treatments,
    such as radiation treatment
  • Certain medications,
    including antidepressants, antihistamines and blood pressure medications
  • Smoking,
    restricts blood flow to veins and arteries
  • Being overweight,
    especially if you’re obese
  • Psychological conditions,
    such as stress, anxiety or depression
  • Drug and alcohol use,
    especially if you’re a long-term drug user or heavy drinker

Treating an underlying condition might be enough to reverse erectile problems but in cases where direct treatment is required, there are a range of medications which have been proven to work.

At you can obtain treatments for erectile problems from the convenience of your own home. To ensure the treatments are right for you, a short online consultation will need to be completed. Our prescriber will then evaluate your answers and will only issue a prescription if they have deemed it safe and effective for you. As is the case with any medicines, there are potential risks of side effects. You must always read the patient information leaflet first. Once authorised, the medication will be posted from our UK and GPhC registered pharmacy to you in discreet packaging without the need to physically visit a pharmacy. It’s as simple as that!


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