Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes called impotence, is a personal and potentially awkward topic to discuss. Therefore, Vincent Smith Pharmacy will treat you with discretion and understanding when accessing erectile dysfunction treatment through our stores.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects a man’s ability to get or maintain an erection. Most men will experience ED at some point in their lives and it is nothing to be ashamed or worried about.
The likelihood of ED increases by 10% with each decade of age. In other words, 50% of men in their 50s are likely to experience mild or moderate impotence.
ED can have a significant impact on a man’s mental wellbeing as well as stress on relationships.
What are the causes of ED?
There are many factors that may affect erectile dysfunction including both physical and emotional problems. The causes of impotence include:
- – Stress or tiredness
- – Anxiety or mental health issues
- – The pressure to perform sexually
The physical causes of impotence include:
- – Smoking, alcohol and recreational drug use
- – Side effects from prescribed medication
- – High blood pressure or narrowing of blood vessels in the penis
- – Hormonal problems
- – Being overweight
So, there are several lifestyle changes you can make that may help improve ED.
What erectile dysfunction treatments are available?
There are several different options for treating for impotence, which vary given the cause, such as:
- – Counselling or couples therapy.
- – Medication to treat hormonal imbalances or high blood pressure.
- – Quitting smoking and losing weight may help with ED.
- – Erectile dysfunction medication such as Viagra.
How can I get erectile dysfunction treatment from my pharmacist?
You can access ED treatments direct from your pharmacist without seeing a GP first.
If you believe that you suffer from erectile dysfunction, we can help you with a range of treatment options. There are prescription-only medicines and also over the counter medicines.
You will have a consultation with one of our pharmacists in a private consultation room. There, we will assess your medical history and establish which treatment is best for you.
Where we can’t supply any medication, we will signpost you to another service.
What ED medication can I get?
The most popular medications include Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Sildenafil (generic Viagra). These medications work by allowing better blood flow to the penis. Sildenafil is available without a prescription as an over-the-counter medication. The other drugs all require a prescription.