Is impotence on the rise?

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Though you’ll have to pardon the pun in the title of this article, many medical researchers, scientific experts, and those in the health and wellness field are beginning to notice a swelling trend in the incidences of impotence over the last few years.

More and more research is necessary to really discover whether or not impotence rates are on the rise, but anecdotal evidence and the research that has already been provided to the general public would suggest that more men are dealing with this condition than at any point in human history.

Why are so many men dealing with impotence? What kind of lifestyle changes are we dealing with that could put us at further risk for impotence? Are there any real solutions out there that could help us eliminate this problem from our modern lives?

These are the kinds of questions that the modern health and wellness world is trying to answer – but make no mistake about it, Viagra sales are on the rise, and impotence is a very real issue.

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Modern lifestyle is conducive to major health problems

Though most of us would anticipate or expect that our ancestors led rather dangerous and unhealthy lives (there’s nothing quite like trying to escape a sabertooth tiger that wants to make you it’s lunch), the truth of the matter is that our ancestors were likely to be a much healthier than we were – even without the amazing technological and medicine advantages we enjoy today.

Sure, we are living longer and longer – but our modern (and tremendously sedentary) lifestyle is crippling us from the inside out. We are seeing higher instances of cardiovascular issues, heart problems, and a whole host of other major health issues brought on from our easier and easier lifestyle – causing problems that are creating impotence and a whole host of other issues across the board.

Viagra sales have spiked – and continue to spike – on an almost annual basis

When it first exploded onto the marketplace, Viagra was seen as the “Holy Grail” solution that would even eliminate impotence forever.

More men – literally millions and millions of them all over the globe – have been taking advantage of this product ever since it was first released, and Viagra sales continue to soar ever higher. However, some of this has to do with the fact that so many men now trust this solution to do with exactly what it promised, but a large part of it has to do with the fact that there are a lot of men out there who need this kind of help.

Levitra: As Good As Gold

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Levitra is the tiny gold coloured pill that is used to treat male impotence, or ED as it is more commonly known. As a man who just turned sixty last year, and with a long term partner who (despite having gone through the menopause) was still interested in sex with me, I felt I should do my best to combat my failing body.

When I say failing body, I was not a wreck by any means, I walked regularly on the South Downs, and was only a little overweight. I didn’t smoke anymore, and was trying to eat more healthily with 5 a day, and reduce my intake of vin rouge. Despite these noble attempts to turn back the clock and relive my (and my partner’s) years of fun and plenty in terms of bedroom engagements, it seemed that a devil on my shoulder (or maybe my hip?) was determined to try to thwart me.

I’ll not talk in riddles- I was having trouble keeping the old chap up. By that I mean that I could achieve an erection when in a bedroom scenario, but could not maintain it to see through our sexual activity to a satisfactory conclusion. I couldn’t achieve an orgasm, nor could my partner.  It became a real issue. The more I couldn’t have sex the way I used to, the more I wanted to try, and the more I became frustrated with my body for letting me down. My partner began to suspect that either I was having an affair with another woman, or that I had just ceased to fancy her. I reassured her that it was neither of these things, but wondered what else it could be. Was I really at 61, “past it”?

Luckily I used to work in IT, so I knew my way around the Internet, and that’s when I started “swotting up” on what it might be. Whatever else you may say about the Internet, there’s no shortage of advice about what I realised was my problem; erectile dysfunction.

Having read lots of reviews I decided to up for the oral ED treatment known as Levitra. I didn’t have any of the medications or illnesses that would make it unsafe for me to use, and it seemed to be the best drug in terms of few side effects  and yet a powerful active ingredient.

I then tried to buy 20 of the tablets online, but had to go through an online consultation procedure in order to receive a prescription for the drug. That’s the way it is in the UK and most other countries; you need a prescription from your GP or a medically qualified clinician online. After three e-mail exchanges with the online physician, I was approved to receive the drugs, and paid by a secure card method. Just four days later, in a small, discreet brown padded jiffy bag, the drugs arrived.

I took one ready for Saturday evening, and it worked like a dream. My partner, truly astounded by my “second wind” in the bedroom remarked that I “must have taken that Viagra stuff”. I was honest and said, no, but I had taken something similar, and it seemed to be working!

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I now take the drug as and when needed, probably twice a week, and my partner and I are having a great second honeymoon in the bed department. As for side effects, have experienced next to none, and have no need to try other ED treatments- this one suits me (and my partner) just fine!

Is there an alternative to Viagra?

Sildenafil-CM-3D-balls Viagra was the first treatment for ED (Erectile Dysfunction) on the market. It was nothing short of a sensation when released in the mid 1990s, in that it was easy to take, had few side effects, and worked for the majority of men. Not least it brought attention to a medical condition which was causing unhappiness for many men (and their partners): It is estimated that half of all men in the UK between 40 and 70 years old will experience at least one episode of ED. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Problems with erections may stem from other medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow to the penis, drinking too much alcohol, or being too tired. But for those other occasions when you find you’re being let down by your body, Viagra will usually make a difference , check in

The active ingredient in Viagra is called sildenafil . Without getting too technical it works by allowing blood to flow into the penis when sexual stimulation occurs, and keeps it there for the duration of the sexual activity. A tablet is taken one hour before intercourse and, when effective, allows a normal erection with stimulation.

Viagra has lost its patent in Europe and so sildenafil can be used by other manufacturers as well as Pfizer. Consequently cheaper tablets will soon be available, but they will have the same active ingredient as Viagra.

Alternatives to Viagra (and sildenafil) are Cialis and Levitra. They work in a similar fashion to Viagra, but there are some differences. For example Cialis lasts longer- anything up to 36 hours. Viagra will last 4-5 hours. Levitra about the same. All men are different and some find that one drug is better for them in terms of reaction and lack of side effects than another.

There are other alternatives to Viagra- one being a vacuum pump. It may not be that romantic, but it works very well for many men. Even more cross-legging-time is the penis prosthetic. An implant which gives a permanent solution to erectile dysfunction.

There are a number of herbal alternatives to Viagra, as well as some cheap fakes. The fakes are often manufactured in India and are almost certain to disappoint. Some men have found herbal alternatives work and have fewer side effects that Viagra, Cialis or Levitra, but there’s little hard scientific evidence that these herbal alternatives work, although there’s no shortage of testimonials to their efficacy. Herbal remedies include Ginseng, Herbal Vigor 2000, Ginkgo Biloba and the gloriously named Horny Goat Weed.

Even more radical are people who say that ED is all in the mind and all you need is sexual counselling, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. This may all help, but at the end of the day ED is a physical condition, and one that can be treated, with few or no side effects, using Viagra or Sildenafil. Viagra & Sildenafil are available from and an online consultation can be arranged to check that this ED treatment will be suitable for you.


Cialis Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction: Are There Side Effects?

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They say that time waits for no man. As a man gets older, he will no doubt notice some things changing- probably slowly, but inexorably. Appearances change- hair may thin, jowls may sag and you may find it more difficult to stay trim and not put on excess weight. Physically a man’s body changes too. Eyesight may fade a little, and you may find it harder to walk up that hill without getting out of breath. In the past, older men have also looked upon ED (Erectile Dysfunction; the inability to achieve and maintain a penile erection during sex) in this way.  But that was then and this is now.  It is no longer the case that because you are getting older, you are not entitled to have a full and fun sex life.  ED is a very common condition for men over a certain age. But the good news is that it is treatable, and treatable both quickly and easily in the great majority of cases. Welcome to Cialis- a tried and tested drug that is used to treat ED.

Cialis has an active ingredient known as Tadalafil. Tadalafil belongs to a group of medications called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. It helps to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity to occur and does this by allowing a greater flow of blood into the penis when a man taking the medication is sexually aroused. It works only with sexual stimulation and does not increase sexual desire. You have to want to have sex to begin with. But if you do, then it has been proven to work, and work well, for the majority of men. It is taken in tablet form, with a glass of water, an hour before sexual activity. It well last for at least four hours, and many men report that is still has the desires effect for up to 24 hours after  being taken.

However, like all drugs, Cialis can have side effects and it is important to be aware of these before you start taking Cialis. You can discuss these possible side effects with your doctor when he or she prescribes Cialis. But before talking to your doctor, you can begin by learning more about what you may experience (but also remember that many men experience no side effects whatsoever).

First, the most serious side effects are those that might be caused by an allergic reaction to the active ingredient in Cialis, tadalafil: These are difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Although such side effects are extremely rare, if they do occur then get immediate emergency help.

If you become disoriented, dizzy or nauseated during sexual activity, you should stop taking Cialis and contact your doctor for medical advice. Do the same if you have pain, numbness, uncharacteristic sweating or a tingling in your chest, arms, neck, or jaw, or any general feeling of being unwell. Stop your sexual activity and call your doctor right away.

Other side effects that some people experience are presented here. Depending on the severity you may want to contact your doctor right away.

  • changes in vision or sudden vision loss;
  • a ringing in your ears, or difficulties in hearing;
  • irregular heartbeat;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • feeling light-headed or close to fainting;
  • redness or warmth in your face, neck, or chest;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat;
  • headache;
  • memory issues- forgetfulness;
  • diarrhoea, upset stomach;
  • muscle pain, or
  • an erection lasting beyond 4 hours.

These may seem alarming, but are only experienced by a minority or Cialis takers, and many men experience no side effects whatsoever.  Some men may experience a very mild side effect, but you should still let your doctor know what the effects have been, even if you intend to carry on with the tablets.

The Morning After Pill

Morning After Pill 3Morning after pills such as ellaone have increased in popularity over the last couple of years because of their ability to prevent unwanted pregnancies after having unprotected sexual intercourse. However, before using the morning after pill, it is crucial that you learn how the medication functions in preventing unplanned pregnancies.

Morning-After Pill – Definition

The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraceptive which is utilizes in preventing unplanned pregnancies after having unprotected sexual intercourse. However, the name is quite misleading since the pill can prevent unplanned pregnancies when taken within 72 hours after having unprotected sex. Nonetheless, it is important to point out that the morning-after pill is 95% effective when the morning after having unprotected sex and 58% effective when taken 72 hours after having unprotected sexual intercourse.

When Should You Consider Using the Morning-After Pill?

Emergency contraceptive should be used if:

-          You have not been taken your birth control pills on a regular basis and fear that you are likely to get pregnant after having unprotected sex.

-          You have miscalculated your safe days and think that you at risk of conceiving following unprotected sexual intercourse.

-          You have been raped and the person has not used protection.

-          The condom your partner is wearing has broken or accidentally slipped off while having sexual intercourse.

How Does the Morning-After Pill Function?

Morning After Pill 4Morning-after pills such as levonelle are manufactured using a female hormone commonly referred to as progestin. The hormones function by hindering the ovaries from releasing the egg or triggering ovulation. So long as there is no egg within the uterus that can come into contact with sperm, rest assured that pregnancy can be prevented. Sadly, there are individuals and groups that mistake morning-after pills for abortion pills. Emergency birth control pills are simply contraceptives that function in preventing a woman from conceiving.

How Effective Is the Morning-After Pill?

The morning after pill is 95 percent effective when taken within 24 hours after having unprotected sexual intercourse. The effectiveness reduces by about 10 to 15 percent when the pill is taken 48 hours after having unprotected sex. When the pill is taken 72 hours after having unprotected sex, the effectiveness reduces by about 37 percent. Therefore, the sooner you take the emergency contraceptive pill the better the chances of avoiding unplanned pregnancy.

What Are the Side Effects?

There are certain side effects that can be triggered by taking the morning after pills and thus the reason why women are advised to use these pills sparingly. Ideally, you are supposed to use the morning after pill after every six months. Stomach aches, nausea, irregular bleeding, tender breasts, headaches and dizzy spells are some of the side effects triggered by taking the morning-after pill.

Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction is a physical condition commonly known as ED. It is the failure to achieve and sustain an erection.  Studies show that 5% of 40-year-old men and 25% of 65-year-old men experience ED, however, it is not considered to be normal at any age. There are many different causes and types of Erectile Dysfunction. Although it is hard for most men to talk about, it is very important to be diagnosed and treated for such a condition.

Erectile Dysfunction can be triggered by a man’s mental or emotional issues. Of course there are also medical reasons for having ED, after all achieving an erection is all about blood flow to the penis. Some causes can be simply due to smoking and being overweight. Some side effects from diabetes and blood pressure medications have been shown to cause Erectile Dysfunction as well as the illnesses themselves.

As I said there are many types of Erectile Dysfunctions. There is Psychological Erectile Dysfunctions because erections start in the brain. Stress, anxiety, and depression are the most common psychological causes. Other types of ED are Priapism and Peyronie’s Disease. Priapism is when a man has a very painful, persistent erection lasting about 4 hours. Priapism usually occurs without a man having sexual stimulation. Peyronie’s Disease is when there is plaque in the penis and that is caused by scar tissue.

There are many ways to diagnose and many options of treatment for Erectile Dysfunctions such as surgery, natural remedies, and medications. The first thing you should do if you start having symptoms is seeking medical help. A physical exam may be necessary to determine your overall health and analyze the problem. A complete blood count to check for anemia is important because low red blood count can cause fatigue and can therefore cause Erectile Dysfunction.

Liver and kidney function test are also relevant as well as a urinalysis to provide information on protein, sugar, and testosterone levels, which are all important in finding the cause. If any of these things indicate abnormal, this can mean you have diabetes, kidney disease, or testosterone deficiency.

Treatment can depend on overall health or cause of the problem. It may be as simple as changing your lifestyle. One option is vascular reconstructive surgery to improve blood supply. This procedure is rarely performed due to the fact that it is costly, difficult, and not always proven to work.

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Natural Supplements such as, Amino Acid Arginine, Bioflavonoids, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Flaxseed Meal have all been shown to improve Erectile Dysfunctions. Another interesting form of treatment that has helped some men is Acupuncture. Some of the most common medications prescribed by doctors are Cialis, Levitra, Standard, Staxyn, and Viagra. Pharmaceutical companies are always researching new treatments for Erectile Dysfunctions. So although it may be hard to talk about, there are many options in diagnosis as well as treatment.

Erectile Dysfunction Risk Factors

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It is true that the risk factors associated with erectile dysfunction in men are often associated with older men, but by no means is this always the case. The risk factors that can lead to ED are many, and many of them can hit younger men just as hard as an older man. It’s also important to remember that ED is by no means a direct consequence of getting older. ED is caused by a number of underlying health problems.  Some of these problems can be more prevalent in older men than younger many, but a great number of these problems are caused by lifestyle choices. Some are easier to manage than others, but a lot of ED risk factors can be addressed by simply making a few changes.

Your potential ED risk factors is a conversation that is best had with your physician.

Risk Factors That Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Understanding the risk factors behind erectile dysfunction can help you to avoid them. They can also help you to seek treatments.

Any of these risk factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction:

  • Diabetes and an assortment of heart problems can be massive contributors to ED.
  • The use of the various tobacco products currently available on the market can have a serious affect on a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection. Tobacco products restrict the flow of blood your veins and arteries. It can take a few years, but prolonged exposure to tobacco products can lead to the kind of health problems that can impair your ability to get an erection.
  • If you’re experiencing issues with your weight, particularly if you happen to be obese, this can be a potential risk factor for ED.
  • Injuries that cause damage to the nerves that help create and maintain erections have been proven to be an ED risk factor for many individuals. The same can be true of the various treatment options for cancer or prostate difficulties, as well as antidepressants, antihistamines, and medications that are used to help fight blood pressure or physical pain.
  • Psychological problems can become risk factors for ED. This can include depression and stress.
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Understanding ED Risk Factors

Being able to understand the risks behind erectile dysfunction can help you to determine what your treatment options. If you’re suffering from ED, it might be time to figure out what your specific risk factors are.