What Should I Know About Sexual Enhancement Drugs?

Image for sexual enhancement article It is important to understand the basics about sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction can affect both men and women. It is also common. Many men and women will experience some degree of sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives, and it becomes increasingly common as we age.

What Is Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

In men, sexual dysfunction refers to issues such as decreased desire, difficulty obtaining and/or maintaining an erection, and a variety of problems with ejaculation, ranging from premature ejaculation to the inability to ejaculate. Of these, difficulty obtaining or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction) tends to be of greatest concern. A variety of conditions can cause ED. Some causes include spinal cord injuries; high blood pressure and the medications used to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and depression and some medications used to treat depression.

What’s Available to Treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in Men?

There are different prescription medications available to treat erectile dysfunction. They all work in a similar fashion. They improve the functioning of nitric oxide, a naturally occurring chemical responsible for relaxing smooth muscle tissue. This helps increase blood flow to many areas, including the penis, allowing a man to achieve and maintain an erection.

Who Shouldn’t Use Medications for Erectile Dysfunction?

Men who have had a heart attack, stroke, or abnormal heart rhythm within the past six months should not use these medications. Furthermore, men who already use nitrate medications (for example, to treat angina ) or alpha-blockers should never use any of these medications. Men with severe liver or kidney disease; certain eye disorders; uncontrolled, high, or significantly low blood pressure; or who have been advised to avoid sexual activity due to unstable heart disease should also not take these medications. These medications may cause arteries to widen and blood pressure to drop, even in healthy men. Talk to your doctor about how these medications may affect you and any other health conditions you may have.

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