How to Spot Erectile Dysfunction & Treat it At Home

Erection problems (impotence) are a common occurrence in men, especially those above the age of 40. Erectile dysfunction usually shouldn’t be a cause for worry, but you should see your pharmacist if it happens more often, as it could be a sign of a more complicated issue. Continue reading to learn more about how to treat erectile dysfunction in Redditch & Bishop Auckland.

What is the main cause of erectile dysfunction?

Male sexual arousal is a diverse process involving emotions, the brain, hormones, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. Erectile dysfunction can happen if there is a problem with any of these. Stress and mental health problems can also lead to, or worsen erection problems.

A combination of physical and mental complications can result in erectile dysfunction. For example, a physical condition that interferes with your sexual response might lead to difficulties in maintaining an erection. The anxiety that follows after can result in, or worsen this condition.

Causes of erectile dysfunction include:

Most cases of erectile dysfunction are due to physical or psychological causes. Common causes are:

  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis (clogged blood vessels)
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Metabolic syndrome- a condition involving a rise in insulin levels, increased blood pressure, high cholesterol, and accumulation of body fat around the waist.
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tobacco intake
  • Some prescribed medications
  • Peyronie’s disease – scar tissue developing inside the penis.
  • Sleep disorders
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Injuries or surgeries around the pelvic area or spinal cord.
  • Anxiety, depression and other mental issues.
  • Stress
  • Low testosterone
  • Relationship problems

Symptoms of erectile dysfunction (Treat erectile dysfunction in Redditch & Bishop Auckland)

Symptoms that accompany erectile dysfunction may include persistent:

  • Erection difficulties
  • Trouble maintaining an erection
  • Low sexual desire

Man using viagra to treat erectile dysfunction

Can you treat erectile dysfunction in Redditch & Bishop Auckland?

Treatment options for erectile dysfunction are available and are usually effective in solving the problem. There are also specific treatment options for specific causes of erection problems.

Medicine like sildenafil (Viagra) is available at Knights Pharmacy and is often used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

You don’t require a prescription anymore to purchase sildenafil, thanks to changes in regulations. But you’ll have to consult with your pharmacist before purchasing for suitability purposes.

Happy man after treating erectile dysfunction in Redditch & Bishop Auckland

How to treat erectile dysfunction in Redditch & Bishop Auckland using lifestyle changes

Below are some lifestyle changes that can go a long way in keeping erectile dysfunction at bay.


Just a simple 30-minute walk daily, or any other form of physical exercise, can reduce symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Regular exercise can help with anxiety, stress, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other causes of erection issues.

Eat healthily

You can never go wrong with a well-balanced diet. Eating healthily increases your energy levels and improves your immune system.

Using Viagra

Viagra is a common solution for erectile dysfunction. It minimises erectile dysfunction symptoms by helping you get and maintain an erection.

An erection involves the release of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), a protein that facilitates blood flow into the penis.

The average time that Viagra takes for it to kick in is about 1 hour. However, it can work within 30 minutes after consumption, or even take up to 4 hours, in some instances.

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Consult with your pharmacist or doctor before taking Viagra to help determine how fast it will work for you.

Find your local Knights Pharmacy branch and visit us today for advice and treatment for erectile dysfunction.

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This post was written on behalf of Knights Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor