Erectile dysfunction (ED for short) affects men of all ages, but men over the age of 50 are particularly susceptible to it.
Stress, lifestyle changes, a decrease in blood flow and hormones, and illnesses like diabetes all make older men vulnerable to ED.
Even if impotence is relatively common amongst older men, it can still be hard to deal with the prospect of having to change your expectations of your sex life, or reconcile yourself to taking ED tablets like Viagra (sildenafil citrate).
Here are some ways that you can deal with impotence and ED as you age and get the treatment that you need in order to continue to have a great sex life.
Impotence in older men
Why does the risk of impotence and ED rise as you grow older? (Note: ED can affect men of all ages, and shouldn’t necessarily be accepted as ‘just part of the ageing process’).
As an erection is reliant on blood vessels in the penis, conditions like diabetes (common amongst older men) can interfere with the flow of blood to the penis. Other vascular issues may also be behind an ED diagnosis.
Some medication can also interfere with the nerve endings needed to maintain a healthy erection — even taking antihistamines can interfere with your ability to maintain an erection.
When younger men are impotent, it’s far more common for there to be a stress-related or sexual dysfunction incident in the background (though that’s not always the case).
ED can develop for a number of reasons, both physiological and psychological, so it’s important that you pinpoint why you are suffering from ED right now before you consider treating it.
Why treat ED at all?
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t have to be a permanent state or signal the end of your sexually active years.
While it’s unfair to generalise and say that all men seeking ED treatment are trying to recapture their youth, there is an element of looking back to the past and more virile years.
While the body and your attitude to sex changes over the years, you don’t have to necessarily put up with weaker erections as you age.
As with anything, as well as taking ED pills and tablets, it’s important to take care of your overall health by eating well and exercising. Stress management can sometimes help with impotence, as can pelvic floor exercises.
If there is an incident behind your ED, it’s worth seeking some talking therapy to help you process your feelings around sex and erections.
Common erectile dysfunction tablets
The most famous ED treatment is probably Viagra (also dubbed the ‘little blue pill’). Viagra is actually the brand name for a coated tablet with an active ingredient of sildenafil citrate manufactured by Pfizer. You can get the exact same effect as Viagra from Sildenafil — a cheaper, generic version of the same drug.
Buying sildenafil tablets in the UK is pretty easy as you can get them from online pharmacies with a prescription after a short online doctor consultation. The maximum dosage you can currently get on prescription is 100mg.
You can also buy Cialis or Tadalafil (generic Cialis) — known as ‘the weekend pill’, these pills have a slightly longer period during which they are active. The active ingredient is tadalafil.
Avoid fake ED treatments
There are lots of (fake) ED treatments being sold online, so beware. You could end up buying something that’s dangerous, as often unlicensed ED pills will not make their ingredients known.
‘Herbal viagra’, Kamagra, other such creams and ointments are usually scams with some pretty potentially serious side effects. It’s best to avoid any of these and just stick to the tablets you can buy from a reputable UK online pharmacy. It’s the only way to guarantee your safety.
Sildenafil vs. Viagra as a treatment for older men
Sildenafil is just as good as Viagra for treating ED. The composition and active ingredient sildenafil citrate are the same, and reviews for Sildenafil are just as positive as for Viagra. Save yourself some money and opt for Sildenafil over Viagra.
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects men of all ages, although, for older men, the risk is much higher. There are a number of causes for ED, ranging from stress and lifestyle changes to illnesses and hormonal imbalances.
But there are still ways to treat erectile dysfunction in old age. ED tablets are an effective way of managing your erections you can still enjoy a healthy sex life in your golden years. Avoid unsafe fake ED treatments and buy only genuine tablets to keep yourself safe and healthy.