On 14 March 2023, the UK Medicines regulator (MHRA) approved an application to reclassify the erectile dysfunction medication Cialis. When marketed as Cialis Together (tadalafil 10mg), it will be a ‘P’ (pharmacy) medication, and so available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies – see MHRA reclassifies Cialis Together tablets to a Pharmacy medicine – GOV.UK. This follows the 2018, ‘P’ classification of Viagra Connect (sildenafil 50mg) which has been available OTC, without a prescription, since then.
It’s something you probably wouldn’t even discuss with your best mates, let alone face the embarrassment of describing it to a doctor, which makes thrush the perfect condition to treat through an online consultation.
Do you have thrush?
Thrush manifests itself in men as soreness, inflammation, or itching usually at the head of the penis. It can also cause discharge. First-time sufferers should seek a professional diagnosis, as the condition shares symptoms with certain STIs and you’ll want to rule these out before beginning treatment. Those with compromised immune systems should also ensure they consult with their GP, as the infection could progress to invasive candidiasis. Read in full
Priapism is a medical condition in which the penis becomes continuously erect, and usually painful, for a prolonged period of a few hours or more. It is a medical emergency, which if untreated can lead to permanent damage to the penis. A single episode can affect the future capacity to achieve erections.
During an episode of priapism the shaft of the penis will be hard and sometimes painful. The head of the penis may remain soft. Read in full
A trip to the doctors is a task many people will put off. Whether it’s a fear of potential embarrassment, reluctance to take time off work, or the worry that something could be seriously wrong, going to your GP is often bottom of your to-do list.
But everyone needs a health MOT every now and then, and as you get older, this becomes even more important.
There are several online health checks, which you can do in the comfort of your own home and will give you a good idea on how your body is doing. Your body will nearly always give clear warning signs if something is wrong, so it’s up to you to listen to them.
Although these tests should not replace a trip to the doctors, they allow you to test your health more regularly and spot potential problems more quickly. Read in full
One of the biggest complaints about condoms – and the primary reason men are reluctant to use them – is that they affect the sensation of intercourse and diminish the sexual pleasure.
However, a breakthrough material – graphene – could pave the way to silencing those prophylactic naysayers with a new-and-improved condom that’s stronger, thinner and safer than their current counterparts.
The University of Manchester has received a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant to the tune of $100,000 (£62,123) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The money will be used to develop a new synthesis of nano-materials to create the range of next generation condoms. Read in full