Erectile dysfunction is a serious medical condition. Half of the British male population between the ages of 40 and 70 will suffer from it at some point in their lives. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the difficulty to acquire or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual performance. It can be caused by a variety of factors: problems with blood circulation, anxiety disorders, stress, diabetes and neurological diseases are some of the most common causes for erectile dysfunction.
ED is a very common affliction with significant consequences. Patients suffering from ED may suffer tremendous anxiety as well, as it can affect their sense of wellbeing. It also often has a marked impact on both the sexual and psychological health of the individual and their partner – it goes without saying that erectile dysfunction relates to a very intimate and personal aspect of the patient’s life.
Although its effects can be severe, erectile dysfunction is normally a treatable condition. It can also be a symptom of other medical conditions however, which highlights the importance of discussing any signs of ED with your doctor as quickly as possible.
What is sildenafil?
When it comes to treatment of ED, sildenafil is the most commonly prescribed medicine. You may be familiar with this medication’s common commercial name: Viagra. Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra. It was originally developed by Pfizer scientists Andrew Bell, David Brown and Nicholas Terrett, and works on the mechanisms that regulate the flow of blood to the penis. This results in more blood filling out the Corpus Spongiosum which leads to harder and longer lasting erection.
For years, only Pfizer could legally manufacture and sell sildenafil, as they owned the patent. In June 2013 Pfizer lost the patent in the UK and other European countries, allowing different manufacturers to produce sildenafil. This resulted in more affordable options for patients, all of which contain the same active ingredient.
How effective is sildenafil?
Studies show that over 94% percent of all men treated with sildenafil have experienced results that they’ve deemed satisfactory.
Discussing erectile dysfunction is not easy and can often be quite embarrassing. However, knowing that there is effective treatment available can make it a bit less stressful. The success rate for sildenafil is very high, which gives hope to anyone suffering from it.
When it comes to seeking treatment, most doctors will always receive you with understanding and of course confidentiality. It is important to remember this is sometimes a temporary problem. It is a medical condition that can be evaluated, diagnosed and treated just like many other health conditions and concerns.
What if I don’t have ED – can sildenafil be taken recreationally?
The answer to this question is simple: Not without a risk of harm.
Sildenafil is not approved for recreational use of any kind. It should always be taken under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Consult your doctor before beginning any kind of treatment.