ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION IS MORE COMMON THAN YOU MIGHT THINK1

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man has difficulty getting or keeping an erection long enough for sexual satisfaction. For some, ED symptoms can occur just once in a while. For others, it’s a constant problem. Either way, you should know that you’re not alone. ED is a common condition affecting more than 50% of men over the age of 40 years.1

That doesn’t mean you have to accept ED as merely a part of the ageing process. It is a real medical condition that can be managed and treated, so you can take back the things that are important in your love life.

TAKE BACK ROMANCE

Experiencing ED can be difficult on personal relationships. It’s hard for partners to understand why you may be withdrawing from physical contact, which can cause a spiral of self-doubt on both sides. They may feel you don’t love them, or find them attractive anymore. Frustration, hurt, and confusion can result from the loss of romance and personal connection that ED can cause.2

It’s time to take back romance. Ask your doctor or talk to a pharmacist to see if Vedafil® tablets are right for you.

To get started, see your doctor or pharmacist today.

ED IS MANAGEABLE AND TREATABLE

THE FIRST STEP TO TAKING BACK CONTROL IS TO TALK WITH YOUR GP OR PHARMACIST. EVEN IF YOU ARE EMBARRASSED, REMEMBER, YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL HAS TREATED MANY MEN WITH ED BEFORE, SO YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

WHAT CAUSES ED?

Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain, emotions, hormones, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. ED can result from a problem with any of these, and sometimes a combination of physical and psychological issues is the cause. In many cases, ED is caused by something physical. Common causes include:3,4

  • Physical causes

    Heart disease, clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, metabolic syndrome — a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol.

  • Diseases

    Kidney, neurological or cardiovascular disease, diabetes may affect hormone circulation, blood flow or nerve function.

  • Hormone imbalances

    The thyroid, prolactin, and testosterone, can affect a man’s response to sexual stimulation. These imbalances can be the result of a tumour of the pituitary gland, kidney disease, liver disease, or treatment of prostate cancer.

  • Surgery

    Surgery performed to treat diseases such as prostate and bladder cancer, often require the removal of nerves and tissues around the affected area which can lead to ED. Injuries to the pelvis, bladder, spinal cord or penis that require surgery may also lead to ED.

  • Prescription medications

    There are a number of treatments which can cause or contribute to erection difficulties. It would help if you discussed all current medicines you are taking, whether prescription or not, with your GP or pharmacist. Do not stop taking any prescribed medication without first consulting your GP.

  • Lifestyle choices

    Smoking, alcohol intake, or drug use can damage blood vessels and/or restrict blood flow to the penis causing ED. Smoking, in particular, plays a significant role in causing ED in people with arteriosclerosis (narrowing/hardening of the arteries).

  • Psychological factors

    Modern life can be full of deadlines, frustrations and demands. Stress is commonplace in the lives of most people, but when it reaches a certain threshold, it can start affecting mood, productivity, relationships, as well as general quality of life. When ED happens, it usually takes a man by surprise. You may then perpetuate the recurrence of ED by worrying about the experience occurring again. This can lead to ‘performance anxiety’, or a fear of sexual failure.

    Low self-esteem, lost vitality, or depression can affect a person physically and psychologically, which may be due to prior episodes of ED, or other issues unrelated to sexual performance.

ED TREATMENT

Lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol intake, quitting or cutting down on smoking, avoiding the use of illegal or recreational drugs, becoming more physically active, and reducing your stress levels can all play a part in helping treat ED.
When this isn’t enough, you may need Vedafil® tablets.

Vedafil® has been proven to help men with ED of various causes by increasing blood flow to the penis so you can get and keep an erection hard enough for a satisfying sexual encounter. Vedafil® usually starts to work within 30 – 60 minutes, so you can take it when you need it.

Vedafil® is an oral tablet that comes in three strengths, 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg. Vedafil® can only be used once a day.5

Only your GP or pharmacist can decide if Vedafil® is right for you. Be sure to tell your healthcare professional about all of the medications you are taking and any other medical conditions as your dose may need to be adjusted to suit your needs.

References :

  1. Feldman HA, Goldstein I, Hatzichristou DG et al. J Urol 1994;151(1):54-61
  2. DiMeo PJ Urol Nurs 2006;26(6):442-6.453, Quiz 447
  3. McMahon CG, Med J Aust 2019;210(10):469-476
  4. Steinberg J. Erectile dysfunction. In: Health Navigator NZ [Internet]. New Zealand: Health Navigator; c2021. [updated 2020 Aug 07; cited 2021 Apr 30]. Available from: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/e/erectile-dysfunction
  5. Vedafil Data Sheet June 2019