Sexual impotence is a hot topic since the patent of Viagra (the brand name of Sildenafil) ran out a couple of years ago. Now, what seemed like a taboo subject is an everyday chat in all walks of life. As we recently released our own erectile dysfunction treatment, we wanted to answer your main questions with answers from our pharmacist, Scott. Enjoy our 2 part series.
What are the cause(s) of sexual impotence?
Causes of sexual impotence can be split into two categories: physical and psychological. The most common physical causes of sexual impotence are related to circulation and blood pressure. Heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure can all impact the amount of blood flowing to the penis.
However, Between 10 and 20% of sexual impotence cases have a psychological cause. Arousal starts in the brain meaning psychological issues can be a contributing factor to sexual impotence. Mental health conditions like depression or even pure performance anxiety can negatively impact your sexual impulse, making it more difficult for you to become stimulated.
How does Sildenafil work?
If you have problems achieving an erection, taking Sildenafil will temporarily allow increased blood flow to the penis.
People often don’t realise that you still need to be sexually excited for Sildenafil to have the desired effect and your erection will go down after ejaculation.
At least two-thirds of men have improved erections after taking it.
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How long does Sildenafil last?
It usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to start working and can be effective for up to four hours. However, you need to be sexually stimulated in the first place to get an erection and will go down after ejaculation. You should only take one tablet in 24 hours.
Does Sildenafil increase sexual performance?
Sildenafil does not help with lasting longer in bed, premature ejaculation or sex drive. It’s designed to increase the blood flow to the penis resulting in a satisfactory erection.
Scott McDougall (MPharm) is a clinical pharmacist and in addition to being Cornerstone’s senior in-house pharmacist, is the co-founder of The Independent Pharmacy, one of the UK’s leading independent online pharmacies.