Healthy sexual function and performance is important for men at any age and critical for physical and mental well-being. Research reveals that regular sexual activity helps lower stress, reduces blood pressure, aids in pain management, boosts mood and promotes overall heart health. Men who are active sexually live longer as well.
By the time a man reaches age 40 however, there is a 40% chance of developing erectile dysfunction. This may include the inability to get and maintain a healthy erection long enough for sexual intercourse, or premature ejaculation (PE) occurring before (or early on) in intercourse.
Risk factors for erectile dysfunction include:
- Some prescription medications
- Imbalance in hormones
- Health conditions
- Poor circulation
- Emotional/psychological issues
- Alcohol or drug use
- Poor diet
- Use of tobacco products
- Sedentary behavior
How Optimal Erectile Function Can Help
Prescription pharmaceuticals can be taken orally either directly before sexual activity or daily to support healthy erectile function.
Drugs, including PDE5’s (phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors) work to relax muscles and increase blood flow to the penis and genital area allowing for a long lasting firmer erection. A combination of PDE5 inhibitors and SSRI’s (Selective serotonin Reuptake inhibitors) are used to treat premature ejaculation as well.
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
This is the active ingredient found in brand name Viagra used to help relax blood vessels and promote increased blood flow to the penis. This PDE5 is a vasodilator to be taken orally as needed before sexual activity. Sildenafil in its generic form is less expensive than its brand name formula.
This recently approved medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction is noted for its fast response in the body. This prescription may work in as little as 15 minutes to promote blood flow to the penis for optimal erectile function.
This medication is taken only once daily and helps men maintain an erection longer than other PDE5’s. Because it is taken regularly, Tadalafil allows for healthy sexual function and greater spontaneity since there is no waiting for the pill to kick in.
Sertraline for Premature Ejaculation
This oral medication helps treat erectile dysfunction due to premature ejaculation in men. This drug contains a combination of PDE5 inhibitors together with an SSRI to help control a lasting erection for longer sexual satisfaction. Sertraline can be taken daily, or as needed before sexual activity.
Premature Ejaculation Topical Spray
This topical spray helps delay ejaculation by mildly numbing penis tissue with a small amount of lidocaine, benzocaine, or prilocaine. This gentle, local anesthetic helps men control climax and ejaculatory activity easily without oral medications or other prescriptions.
Benefits of Optimal Erectile Function
- Enhanced, longer lasting erections
- Greater sexual satisfaction
- Extended ejaculatory control
There’s no reason to miss out on healthy, satisfying sexual activity at any age.
Speak with one of our partner physicians about erectile dysfunction and get the treatment that’s right for you.
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